President of India Pranab Mukherjee launched the National Mission on Libraries (NML) on 3 February 2014. The mission was launched by Union Ministry of Culture.
National Mission on Libraries has following features:
• Creation of National Virtual Library of India
• Setting up of NML model Libraries
• Quantitative and Qualitative survey of Libraries
• Capacity Building
The creation of a National Virtual Library of India (NVLI) is one of the major component schemes of the National Mission on Libraries.
With the aim of equitable and universal access to knowledge resources, the National Virtual Library of India would provide digital resources by digitizing the relevant reading material in different languages, which would be shared at all levels.
The target users of NVLI will not only be students, researchers, doctors and professionals but also the educationally, socially, economically and physically disadvantaged groups. Thus, it would empower people with information in order to create a knowledge society and also ensure preservation of digital content for posterity.