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World’s largest floating library arrives in India

Sunday, 31 July 2011 - 7:29pm IST Updated: Sunday, 31 July 2011 - 7:44pm IST | Place: Visakhapatnam | Agency: ANI
The world’s largest floating library, M.V. Logos Hope, has arrived at the Visakha Container Terminal in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.


The world’s largest floating library, M.V. Logos Hope, has arrived at the Visakha Container Terminal in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

The ship, which arrived on Saturday, would be open to the public till August 11.

Operated by ‘Google Books for All’ (GBA) ships, which is an international charitable organisation based in Germany, Logos Hope is the biggest among all of the four GBA ships.

This is the third time in 40 years that a GBA ship has visited India. Previously, M.V. Logos in the year 1972 and M.V.

Doulos in 2006 had docked on Indian shores.

“It’s exciting first to be here in Vizag (Visakhapatnam),” said Captain Pat Tracy, Relief Master for Logos Hope.

To its uniqueness, the ship is run by around 400 volunteers from across 40 nations.

The ship is endowed with better quality of life for crew and visitors. It contains more than 5,000 collections, ranging from science to sports and from hobbies to cookery and dictionaries.

“It’s just amazing to see the number of books. Children’s books, books on various topics and I think this is a great mission for the ship to go all round the world and spread knowledge in countries where it's not easily available,” said N. Sridevi, a housewife.

A lot of books right from parenting, psychology, health and education, cooking, medicine and travel are available.

“I had never heard of the ship before but it definitely has so many books that I have never even heard about and I am really excited to read some of them and it also has a really wide and vast collection of books. Although it ranges from animals to medicine, to sciences, to nature and to psychology. It's actually amazing how the ship goes around the world, and collects these books and shows them to the rest of the population,” said Neha, a student.




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