TCLN is a collective of free, community, school, college, hospital, and prison run libraries.
- To connect with other free libraries
- To share resources, best practices & know-how
- To generate data insights about free libraries in India
- To build political consciousness that underlies free-library praxis
- To coordinate and act in solidarity on matters of policy & issues related to access to knowledge resources
Joining TCLN is free and involves a quick two step-process. First, read and agree to the solidarity manifesto below and then submit your application form.
The Solidarity Manifesto
As a member of The Community Library Network (India) I attest to working to build, operate and propagate free libraries that welcome all without prejudice of caste, class, religion, gender & sexual identity or disability. Libraries associated with me/this organisation strive to create free access to books & grow readers, who may or may not have the means to do so themselves. I pledge to support TCLN and its members by sharing knowledge resources, networking avenues & solidarity in issues related to advocacy or policy-building for the free library movement.
As a member of TCLN (India) I promise not to indulge in any behaviour that puts other members or their libraries at risk or makes them uncomfortable in any manner. I will maintain civility & a spirit of fellowship in all my interactions on behalf of & within the Network.
By submitting the application form for The Community Library Network (India), I am now a member of this network.
For individual library workers/library owners, please click here.
पुस्तकालय कार्यकर्ताओं/प्रबंधकों के लिए संरक्षण
For library facilitation organisations, please click here.
On TCLN’s discussion forum, members catch up with the latest library news, share information about grants, fellowships and funding opportunities, talk about book purchase discounts, access library science courses and much much more.
The discussions are currently hosted on a Facebook group, but we hope to move to an independent setup very soon.
Join the forum
Note: TCLN's Facebook group is a closed group. Please answer the 3 questions that pop up at the time of requesting entry.
A member contributed list of resources to help curate and run free community libraries and associated activities. This is a growing list, please check back often for updates.
TCLN YouTube Channel
Resource Sheet: Selecting, Curating and Acquiring Books For a Library (PDF)
The Library Readiness Program (PDF)
TCLN & TCLP Library Practices & Read-aloud Resource Sheet
TCLN & TCLP लाइब्रेरी प्रथा और रीड-अलाउड संसाधन
रीड-अलाउड कैसे करें? कुछ आसान पर ज़रूरी सुझाव
TCLN Member Directory
The network has over 65 institutional and a dozen individual members currently, with more joining each each week. A partial, but growing list of members is listed on this page.
Note: For privacy reasons, some members have not consented to have their information displayed on this website.