There’s good news for space-starved Mumbai. Students, activists and volunteers now have access to a new venue to hold events, as the US Consulate General has opened its ‘new’ library as a community hub that will be available to the public free of cost.
“The idea was to make the library more people-centric — the space will bring people together over various issues that are important to the US-India relationship,” said Jennifer Larson, the Consulate’s Deputy Principal Officer.
More than 10,000 books are neatly stacked along the walls of Dosti House, the library located within the consulate at Bandra-Kurla Complex.
The space at the centre of the library has been left open, where interested groups can hold seminars, talks, movie screenings etc. Users will have a podium, a video screen and technical support at their disposal. Computers and iMacs, too, are available at the library that will be open between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Saturday. “We are exploring options to extend the hours soon,” said Heidi Hattenbach, the Consulate’s acting Public Affairs Officer.
Heidi said the Dosti House offers an option to organisations looking for a meeting space. “The space is open to everyone — our traditional strategic partners to creative artists to readers,” she said adding, “Anybody can walk in with a photo ID and use the facility.”