The bricks-and-mortar Mangala Vihara Library managed by the MV Dhamma Fellowship (MVDF) was revamped and computerised in mid-August 2014 and became fully operational on January 25th 2015.
But with the march of time and the emergence of the cyber age, it becomes somewhat anachronistic as printed materials give way to digital format. “Physical library loans fall as e-books gain popularity” reported the Straits Times on May 11, 2017. So is the MV Library which is not spared and with no exception. The number of visitors dwindled over the years as knowledge and resource information are freely available from the internet.
Hence, the opening hour is from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on a Thursday that coincides with the Sutta Study Class to facilitate loaning and returning of books. It is closed on public holidays, new moon and full moon days.
When the official website of Mangala Vihara (Buddhist Temple) (MVBT) was revamped and when the MVDF was offered a webpage in April 2017 to showcase its activities, the Library committee did not hesitate to create and launch an eLibrary platform to supplement the MV Library.
It is accessible from the MVBT website mv.org.sg or vide the URL http://mv.org.sg/mangala-vihara-dhamma-fellowship-mvdf/mvdf-mangala-vihara-library/.
Readers may visit the site at your convenience anytime and anywhere, twenty-four-hours a day and seven-days a week (24/7) with any device with internet connection for the following services:
An online catalogue on complete collection of books in the bricks-and mortar library is available for browsing before heading for the library.
A comprehensive collection of digitised books for browsing, reading and download is available at the MV eLibrary Books site.
A Resourceful Website with hyperlinks to various Buddhist websites for information is also available.
All are welcome to visit the MV Library and MV eLibrary.
Contributor: Chin Kee Thou
Date: December 22nd 2017
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