Learning outside the classroom emphasizes on developing the habit of reading among children and the best way to do this would be through a library.

Project jnanalaya looks into setting up libraries and making books accessible to children at every school.

Designing, concept development, painting walls, book shelves, tables, procuring books, visual aids, art work will be done, thus creating a space for children to read. This will create the right environment, the energy and will ignite the interest of reading in every child.

The ultimate aim of the program was to ensure that every child in every government school had access to library facilities. This demonstrated a commitment to equity in education.

The libraries functioned out of dedicated rooms within the schools and are designed not only to foster a love for reading but also to contribute to the holistic development of students..


  • Providing books directly to children in an accessible manner. Selecting appropriate storybooks and resource materials in multiple Indian languages and English;

  • Setting up libraries inside class rooms in government schools;

  • Training and placing teachers in the use and management of the libraries;

  • Evaluation of the reading habits and outcomes of children

  • Collaborating with government to work on change from within the system.


Libraries across 4 states
Books of different Category
  • 100

    Books are used in each Library On an average,

  • 9000

    Books are read every week

    (90 Libraries)

  • 3,24,600

    Books are read in year

    (36 weeks X 9000)

  • 21,350

    Books are read every week

    children's impacted


  • Mysore-85
  • Bengaluru – 20
  • Mandya -03
  • Hassan - 02
  • Ballery – 04
  • Hyderabad – 04
  • Mumbai -01
  • Delhi - 01
  • Pune - 01



  • Books must present text in larger fonts for easy reading, especially for children who have newly learnt the decoding of words.

  • Books containing humour that children can understand and appreciate are a preference.

  • Bilingual books are a good choice as they help children learn another language as well

Books must be those that relate to children.

Books that cover a range of subjects and themes are chosen - fiction, environment, nature,f un and enjoyment, simple Mathematics, geopgrphya , science, biographies and autobiographies.

Books must not contain depictions, in text, pictures, or allusion, that encourage biases in terms of religion, gender, race, caste, colour or language.

Key guidelines of Project Jnanalaya

Library period


Project Jnanalaya mandate a library period once or twice a week for all classes. This regular schedule ensures that students have dedicated time for library activities.

|  Book Selection

Children are encouraged to choose books on a rotational basis. This approach allows students to explore a variety of reading materials and genres over time. With the freedom to choose, it respects their preferences, making reading enjoyable and personalized.

|  Grouping by Reading Levels

Students are grouped according to their reading levels. This grouping likely ensures that students have access to books that are appropriate for their reading abilities, promoting a more engaging and successful reading experience.

|  Lesson Plan

Teachers are expected to follow the Kalisu Lesson Plan, which likely includes specific activities and strategies for the library period. Any questions or concerns about the lesson plan should be addressed with the program manager.

Book Lending

The program encourages students to read beyond school hours whenever possible. This not only promotes reading skills but also fosters a lifelong love for reading.

A register is maintained to record book borrowing details on a weekly basis. This helps track student engagement with the library and the books they borrow.

Supporting the Curriculum

The books provided by Kalisu are seen as supplements to classroom learning. Students can use them to gain a deeper understanding of their lessons, conduct research for projects, and reference materials.

Teacher Involvement

|   Interactive Use of Books

Teachers are encouraged to use the library books interactively. This likely involves activities such as discussing the content, asking questions, and engaging students in discussions about the books.

|   Reading Aloud

Teachers are advised to read aloud to students and check their understanding. This practice not only enhances comprehension but also promotes a positive reading environment.

|  Summarization

Teachers are encouraged to summarize the story and provide insights related to the textbook lessons. This integration of library books with the curriculum can enhance students' understanding and retention of academic concepts.