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​Check out this footpath library in Mumbai where you can pick books for free!

Footpath library in Mulund is open 24x7, welcoming readers across Mumbai

There is plenty that happens in the city of Mumbai that makes us call it the 'City of Dreams' and what we're gonna tell you next, is surely a dream come true for all the bibliophiles in town. Nestled on a footpath of Mulund, there lies an open library at the Khandoba Mandir chowk that allows you to pick books for free! A collection of 2,000 books, of various genres, is showcased here and most of them are donated by the senior citizens of Mumbai.

Pick up any book, register for free & then return

A few social workers in Mumbai have set up a 24x7 open library at a suburban footpath in Mulund and it's got the attention of all avid readers in town. The brainchild of Ramesh Meshram, a senior citizen, this library aims to reignite the love for hardbacks and books in the era of mobile phones and tablets.

In an official statement, Mr Ramesh stated that he and his late wife harboured a love for books, with a collection ranging as wide as 500 titles. Meshram decided to donate the books after the demise of his wife and came up with the footpath library. The simple action soon resonated with social workers and senior citizens across who donated their books too, to give a structure to this place.

The space now holds books donated by a mechanical engineer, a retired assistant police commissioner, a journalist, businesswomen and others who stay nearby. The best part about this place is located away from the traffic-prone area and has plenty of green open space around it.

The library, in all its minimal charm, is a sanctuary for all those who want to sit and read a book or take it back home to culture a new pass time hobby. Anyone can pick up a book of their choice, register their name and contact information in a register, and then return it later. The library stands in the vicinity of Kelkar College, opening a new world of books to the students passing by.

- With inputs from The Indian Express

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