Brick and mortar MV Library
Since the revamped and automation of the MV Library was completed in January 2015 after five months of laborious effort, the readership of the brick and mortar library has somewhat dwindled over the years as it ebbs with the tide in the mist of the modern trend of the digital age.
Like any library, the MV Library is no exception as reported in a recent media report, that loan on physical books from library has fallen and e-books gain popularity.
To keep up with modern times and move along with the trend, a digital platform is the way forward, an electronic library was envisaged to supplement the brick and mortar MV Library for the convenience of savvy readers to browse, read or download online digitized books on the go anytime and anywhere with a digital device with internet connection.
Co-incidentally, when Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) revamped its website recently, The MV Dhamma Fellowship was allocated a webpage for its activities and the MV Library Committee did not hesitate and jumped on the band wagon and established a digital platform known as the MV eLibrary.
The MV eLibrary
The MV eLibrary is stocked with more than 200 titles including many recommended course and text books and; of course the ever popular and demanding Nikayas. It also has a collection of antiquated books for academic research and has a collection of selected old copies of Journal of Pali Text Society, London.
The collection of digitized books by more than 50 authors ranging from scholar monks to academic writers like the famed Bhukkhu Bodhi, Bhukkhu Nanamoli, Bhukkhu Nyanatiloka Thera, Venerable Narada Mah Thero and eminent scholar writers like T.W. and C.A.F. Rhya Davids, Max Muller, Herman Oldenberg, Hellmuth Hecker, I.B. Horner, Maurice Walshe, and U Ko Lay just to name a few.
Although the MV eLibrary is stocked with Buddhist materials mainly in English; Buddhist texts and literature in the Chinese language will be included in the MV eLibrary collection in due course including a Burmese collection.
The MV eLibrary is set to expand with time when more titles are made available will be added to the collection.
Dhamma within a few keystrokes on a digital device
This is a small contribution of the MV Library in the propagation of Buddhism by bring the Dhamma within reach of a few keystrokes on a digital device with internet connection, anywhere and anytime, 7/24, so that “beings with little dust on their eyes who are perishing through not hearing the Dhamma they will become knowers of Dhamma.” (D.ii,48).
The gift of the Dhamma excels all other gifts. The flavour of the Dhamma excels all other flavours. The pleasure in the Dhamma excels all other pleasures.” (Dhp. 354).
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!
Contributor: Chin Kee Thou
Date: May 26th 2017
Text and illustrations by contributor who takes responsibility for any inadvertence, factual or otherwise.