British Council inaugurates its New Cultural Centre in Pune

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Pune; September 3, 2017: British Council today announced the opening of its vibrant new Cultural Centre at Ramsukh House, Shivajinagar. Spread accross 5000 sq.ft., the new cultural hub will not only house the legendary British Council library, but also a young learners’ zone, cultural space for programmes and a cafe – transforming it into a fully functional co-learning space. The cultural Centre will be the destination for a wide range of programmes and events, especially as 2017 is being celebrated as the UK-India Year of Culture.

Existing British Council memberships will be automatically transferred to the new library and all members will get access to a host of enhanced facilities offered. Existing members will get to experience walk-throughs of this new space as well as an access to the online library. The members will be able to get their own books and laptops to the British Council Library.

The new Library will feature over 10,000 books, DVDs, popular UK newspapers and magazines, in addition to digital access to 115,000 books and 14,000 journals covering a wide range of subject areas. Centre members will also have access to British Council’s online resources which include over 4000 national and international newspapers and magazines, independent movies, learning games for children, software training, comics, audio books and academic journals from JSTOR.

The Young Learners’ Zone will continue to provide interactive books for its learners and the premises will also feature exciting new programmes for a younger audience that will include films, workshops and a wider range of books for children.

Inaugurating the new Centre, Alan Gemmell, OBE Director India, British Council, said, “The enhanced British Council Centre in Pune offers much more to its members. The Pune Centre has been reimagined as a cultural hub for events and programmes that celebrate the 70 years of relationship between the UK and India. Our world class library too has been revamped and offers vast digital resources to the Internet and technology-savvy millenials. The new Centre will be an exciting focal point for our cultural relations work, and helping people to engage with our full range of products and services.”