The Mizoram State Library was established in the year 1974. It was housed in a private rented building till recently. With the administrative system of public libraries on the anvil all the public libraries in the State were streamlined and brought under the administrative control of the State Library. Hence re-named as State Central Library. A building for State Central Library was started with the grants from Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation at the New Secretariat Complex. The Hon'ble Chief Minister of Mizoram inaugurated the State Central Library building in March 2011 and has now been occupied and is functioning in its own building.
The State Central Library is manned by the State Librarian, Asst Librarian, one Library Assistant, one Counter Attendant, Clerical staffs with four Grade VI staff.
District Libraries :
Aizawl : Originally it was a Sub-Divisional Library established in Aizawl in 1969. It is housed in a private rented building. The Librarian with Counter Attendant are the only professional persons. One clerical staff, a peon and a chowkidar looks after the Library. The Library has a good collection of book and is having good number of users. We look forward to having Library building in future.
Kolasib : the Library was established in January, 1980 as a Sub-Divisional Library. It is located in Kolasib and run in the private rented house for a number of years. With the building grant of the Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation, the land has been acquired and Library building constructed in 2008. The new building was commissioned in October, 2008. The Librarian, Counter Attendant, one clerk with a peon are looking after the Library. Man power requirement is badly felt.
Champhai : The Library was established in 1983 as a Sub-Divisional Library. It is housed in a private rented building in the Champhai Town. A plot of land has been acquired in 2008 at Old D.C. Complex and Construction of building was also started with the grant received from Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata. The work is in progress. The Library is manned by the librarian, one Counter Attendant with one LDC and a peon. We are short of man power.
Lunglei : The District Library, Lunglei was established in May 1975. It was housed in a private rented building for a number of years. With the completion of Saikuti Hall, accommodation provided for the District Library was also taken over by the Department. The District Library is now functioning in one part of the Saikuti Hall. The space is small and there is no further scope to increase the accommodation, hence growth of the Library checked. As for the man-power, there is a Librarian supported by a Counter Attendant, one clerk and a peon.
Saiha : The District Library at Saiha was opened in May 1975 near the D.C. Complex. The Assam type building inherited from the Education Department is wearing away and a new building is expected to be constructed with the grant from Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata
The District Library has been given to the Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) way back in 1993 by the Govt. of Mizoram under the enhancement of powers to autonomous District Councils. The Library is run by the Librarian with a Counter Attendant, one clerk, peon and one chowkidar.
Mode of Utility : Any person/persons can visit any public Library and read any book/journal magazine inside the reading room during office hour without taking it or taking out home.
Any person can be a Library member in any public Library/ or in all the Libraries by applying in the prescribed form duly attested by a Gazetted Officer of the State Government with 2 copies of recent photograph
A full (life) member can borrow any book for a specific period without charge, one book at one time. A non-member is not allowed to borrow books.