Library & Reading room
Devaswom has a well-equipped religious library with a wide range of books on religion, philosophy, art and culture. There are hundreds of rare palm-leaf manuscripts in the reference section. A wide variety of journals and most of the leading newspapers are available in the reading room attached to the library. The library is functioning in the Vyjayanthi building located infront of Temple. It functions on all days except Sundays from 8.00am to 8.00pm.
Location of Library
Guruvayr Devaswom Religious Library was first established in one of the rooms near Indian Coffee House during Zamorin's rule.Library formed in 1945 & Variyath Kuttirama Menon was the First honarary Librarian.Then Sri. C.G Nair who is an active member in socio religious activities of Guruvayur became the Librarian.During 1950,s HinduMatha sammelanam was conducted and books were published by Guruvayur Devaswom including speeches and Presentations and were kept in Guruvayur Devaswom Religious Library.Later on, in 1975 Library was shifted to East Block of Sathrom Complex and Puthur Unnikrishnan who was a Novelist and GDMC member has changed the pattern and face of Library.Now Library is functioning in spacious hall of Vyjayanthy Building & inauguration was on 26-9-2014. Now we have a wide Reading Room, Reference section and General Library for members.We have 1000's and more members as outside members & 700 's of staff members.Many are coming for Research, students coming for Reference and so on.Not only religious books, but wide range of books on Science, Biography, Culture, Literature,Drama,Short Story,Philosophy,Art, History, Geography and Fiction both in English and Malayalam Literature are also available. There is a wide collection of Poetry in Malayalam and Children’s Literature. Books in Sanskrit and Hindi,Tamil,Telungu are also available
Reading Room and Issue and Return of Books to Library Members
15 leading newspapers both in English and Malayalam are available in reading room. Besides these, 15 leading weeklies,6 Biweeklis and 18 monthly publications are also available. Both outsiders and Devaswom staff members have membership in the library. Collection of books comes up to 22000. Many college and school going students and Scholars use the reference section for their project preparation. Second stage of Computerisation aims at Digitalisation of important books, Thaliyolas which are out of print and valuable to Guruvayur Temple and Devaswom. Every year we are purchasing books for nearly one Lakh Rupees & now the Library stock comes up to 22000.
Milestones of Library 2013-14
1.Inauguration of First stage of Computerisation done on 23-7-2014