Each year the World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated on 23rd April.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) General Conference chose this date to honour books, their authors, researcher and experts who penned them and to protect their intellectual property through copyright.  

FNU’s Library Service is celebrating this event in order to give due respect to those individuals who have made an irreplaceable contribution to literature, and as well as to encourage staff and students in their reading and writing.

This event recognises the power of books. For decades, books have been used in many activities, including research, non-research studies, and leisure and have built a foundation for the development of scholarly collections.

As stated by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day 2020 “Books have the unique ability both to entertain and to teach.

They are at once a means of exploring realms beyond our personal experience through exposure to different authors, universes and cultures, and a means of accessing the deepest recesses of our inner selves”.

Thus, to foster growth, expand one’s horizon and boost our minds and creativity, it is important to engage with communities of readers, individuals and institutions.

This will also enable one to open up to others through their imaginations and this image is built through reading.  Book reading not only plays a vital role in constructing human intellect but is also a reservoir of information regarding other civilizations.

The continuing advancement in terms of the digital revolution has reshaped the way students read, write and access information. It expands the scope of access to texts providing an educational and recreational experience.

FNU Library has a huge collection of subscribed electronic resources such as EBSCO HOST, JSTOR, PROQUEST, Science Direct, Emerald, Sage, etc. and all database information is protected by copyright to promote remote learning.

All the subscribed databases contain scholarly and peer-reviewed research papers written by credible researchers, experts and authors in their field.  

FNU Library respects the hard work of all authors and researchers and applies copyright policy to protect their work from being copied and claimed by someone else.

The work can be copied but the copyright holder must be credited for their work and rights. Furthermore, the FNU Library has always been committed and engaged with all its users to ensure that the right information and resources they seek are made available to them at the right time. 

World Book and Copyright Day provide an exceptional opportunity for all to understand the significance of a Library to Learning & Teaching (L&T) and Research and its role in encouraging reading habits and enhancing the copyright laws in tertiary education.

As a University Librarian, I would like to say that without books, life seems achromatic as books are our best friends, guides and philosophers.

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