About the Management
About The Library
 






 
About the Library
 
History of Apte Wachan Mandir dates back to the year 1870 when it was established. Rambhau Apte, an enthusiastic social worker and local pleader offered his personal collection of books and also part of his own residence to start the library under the name of Native General Library.
Shrimant Govindrao Abasaheb, the Chief of erstwhile Princely State of Ichalkaranji was generous in helping the library in its nascent stage. A separate room in Nagarkhana Building near Magdum Peer was provided for library. Soon the increased activities of library necessitated a larger place. Rambhau purchased a piece of land and started construction of building for the library. He expired in 1876 before completion of building. It was completed by Shrimant Narayanrao Babashab who had ascended the throne after the untimely demise of Shrimant Govindrao. Sadashivrao Apte, son of Rambhau handed over the building to the library and was named as Apte Wachan Mandir in acknowledgement of yeomen services rendered by late Rambhau Apte. It was officially christened name as Apte Wachan Mandir at a formal handover ceremony in 1910.
It is to the sole credit of Shrimant Narayanrao that during his long tenure of 50 years, a small sleepy town of Ichalkaranji transformed into an industrial city and Apte Wachan Mandir, a modest library attained a status of Taluka Library as a great place harnessing the qualities of readership. Many eminent personalities like historians V.K. Rajwade, Vasudershastri Khare, litérateurs N. C. Kelkar, Maharshi Karve, R. P. Paranjape, D. V. Potdar were all praise for the rich collection of rare books, manuscripts meticulously preserved over the years.
After independence, ownership of library building was taken over by the Government of Bombay.
On 1st March 1949, Ichalkaranji State was merged in Union of India. In absence of any documentary evidence, the library building was taken over by the State Government. The library, upon directives from Government, was registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 and continued to occupy the building. The ground floor was shared with the post-office and the first floor was utilized as Newspaper reading Hall.
After several representations of the management of library, State Government conceded its demand and handed over the ownership rights to the library in 1982. Enthused by this development, the Managing Committee planned the construction of new building by demolishing the old one. Many institutions like Ichalkaranji Municipal Council, Decospin Charitable Trust and citizenary in general came forward with generous financial assistance. The foundation stone of the new building was laid on 25 th November 1983 at the hands of Sudhakarrao Naik, the then Education Minister of Maharashtra.
The new building was inaugurated on 07/04/1985 at the hands of Mr. V. N. Gadgil, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting. Today the library boasts of having its own spacious building in prime locality. An enviably large collection of books and rare volumes, engaged in various activities connected to reading and literature with the divine purpose of inculcating the reading habits among the people at large.
The new building has enough space for books, periodicals, separate rooms for Newspapers and Magazine Readers, Meeting Room, Administrative Office, Book Exchange Counters, Cassette library Section besides residential facilities for guests so also Reference Book Section, where readers can have access to rare books on nominal charges and Children's section where special sitting arrangements have been made for child readers. The ground floor space has been rented out to shops and stores which provide a perennial source of income for the library.
The terrace of building is utilized for occasional functions and events like book exhibition. An auditorium is being constricted with the help of a generous donation from the eminent industrialist Rahul Bajaj which will facilitate organizing various programs in own building.
 
 
The statistical information
 
a) Total number of books (As on 2010) : 71906 nos.
 
Marathi 61880
English 7474
Hindi 2552
 
b) Total number Audio Cassettes(As on 2010) : 520 nos.
 
c) Total number of Periodicals / News Papers : 80 nos.
 

Periodicals / News Papers

Marathi

Hindi

English

Total

Dailies

16

03

03

22

Weeklies

13

01

03

17

Fortnightlies

30

01

02

33

Monthlies

03

01

01

05

Tri-monthly

03

-

-

03

Total

65

06

09

80

 
d) Total number Diwali Magazines (As on 2013) : 137 nos.
 
e) Membership (As on 2013) : 4663 nos.
 

Life Members
(Membership fee- Rs. 2000/-)

909

Ordinary Members
(Monthly fee- Rs. 20/-)

3154

Children Members
(Monthly fee- Rs. 5/-)

600

Total

4663

 
 
f) Average No. of daily transactions : 350
 
 
Past office Bearers

President

No.

Name

Year

1.

Parashram Tukaram Kanase

1952-53

2.

Laxman Vishnu Jadhav

1953-54

3.

Balkrishna Ramchandra Rendalkar

1954-57

4.

Vasudeo Mahadeo Jog

1957-59

5.

Narhar Damodar Arjunwadkar

1959-60

6.

Mrugendra Virupaksha Sultanpure

1960-61

7.

Vasudeo Mahadeo Jog

1961-68

8.

Narayan Mahadeo Watave

1968-71

9.

Madhukar Keshav Soundattikar

1971-75

10.

Chandrakant Keshav Jadhav

1975-78

11.

Ashok Bhupal Hajare

1978-81

12.

Vasantrao alias Madhusudan Vitthal Datar

1981-84

13.

Mohanrao Krishnaji Utturkar

1984-86

14.

Ramesh Premraj Marda

1986-88

15.

Vitthal Manaku Shelke

1988-91

16.

Hari Neelkanth Kelkar

1991-94

17.

Vilas Mohanlal Shaha

1995-97

18.

Vishwanath Parashram Jagdale

1997-2000

19.

Poonamkumar Manikchand Kataria

2000-2005

20.

Ashok Chandrakant Das

2005-2010

21.

Adv. Swanand Mukund Kulkarni

2010 till date

 

Secretary

No.

Name

Year

1.

Balgonda Bhaurao Patil

1953-58

2.

Sadashivarao Doulatrao Patil

1958-59

3.

Balgonda Bhaurao Patil

1959-61

4.

Shivajirao Doulatrao Kale

1961-62

5.

Balgonda Bhaurao Patil

1962-68

6.

Vitthal Manaku Shelake

1968-84

7.

Pratap Ganpati Hogade

1984-1994

8.

Poonamkumar Manikchand Kataria

1995-1997
1997-2000

9.

Ajit Yashwant Datar

2000-2005

10.

Jayprakash Narayan Shalgaonkar

2005- till date

 


   
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