Maldives Digital Library has been officially launched

12 Jul

MLA Koha/GSDL Project 2011-2012

This is a work in progress.
Feedback and comments most welcome!

Quick Guide to the OPAC and Digital Library Collections

Library @:


Code in use

Academy for the Dhivehi Language


Addu High School


Aminiya School


Baa Atoll School


Dhaalu Atoll Education Centre


Dharumavantha School


Gaafu Alifu Atoll Education Centre


Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll Education Centre


Gnaviyani Atoll Education Centre


Haa Alif Atoll Education Centre


Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani School


Iskandhar School


Jalaaludheen School


Lhaviyani Atoll Education Centre


Maafushi School


Maldives Polytechnic


Muhibbuddin School


Muhyiddin School


Hulhudhuffaaru School


Vilufushee School


Villa College [1]
Maldives Libraries Portal

Union Catalogue of Government Libraries (This enables the search to be conducted across the OPACs as well as the Digital Library collections on the governmental portal)

Maldives Digital Library Collections

All the libraries within the government domain are hosted at the National Centre for Information Technology through the Government Portal “”

Project objectives

The general objective of the Project is to assist libraries of the Maldives in materializing automation of library services, thereby improving the overall service provision within and among the libraries.

The specific objectives of the Project are:

  • To computerise the cataloguing and circulation functions for better efficiency in providing value added library services.
  • To develop computerised Online Public Access Catalogues (OPAC) that can be searched by the public from remote terminals.
  • To computerise the circulation services of the libraries so that checking in and out (issuing/circulation), renewing and holding services can easily and efficiently be handled with sufficient managerial records being generated.
  • To lead to the creation of a union catalogue of the Maldives Libraries that can facilitate searching of library holding across all the libraries, thereby leading to resource sharing and interlibrary loan systems.
  • To facilitate the creation of digital library collections accessible through a web portal.

The Key deliverables of the Project includes:

  • Computerisation of libraries selected strategically across the Maldives. The project for 2011 to 2012 includes:
  1. 16 school libraries selected and sponsored by the Education Development Centre (EDC),
  2. 3 libraries selected and sponsored by the Maldives Library Association (MLA), and
  3. 2 libraries selected by the National Library of Maldives (NLM) and self sponsored by the two individual institutions.
  • Training of library and technical staff, from the targeted libraries. The training for 2012 project libraries is scheduled for 3-7 June 2012 and will cover Koha integrated library system and Greenstone Digital Library (GSDL) Software. The training will be conducted by an overseas expert in partnership with the Maldives Library Association, with administrative support from the Institute of Library and information Services, NLM.
  • Creation of digital library collections, specifically for EDC textbooks and teacher’s guides. This will facilitate full-text access to these resources by the entire Maldivian community. Limited access and/or password access will be provided to copyright material, in accordance with copyright clearance.

Libraries selected for the Project 2011-2012

  1. [2011] Jalaaludheen School, H.Dh. Kulhudhufushi
  2. [2011] Baa Atoll School, B. Dharavandhoo
  3. [2011] Lhaviyani Atoll Education Centre, Lh. Hinnavaru
  4. [2011] Maldives Polytechnic, Malé
  5. [2011] Aminiya School, Malé
  6. [2011] Maafushi School, K. Maafushi
  7. [2011] Dhaalu Atoll Education Centre, Dh. Kudahuvadhoo
  8. [2011] Hamadh bin Khalifa Al Thani School, L. Gan
  9. [2011] Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll Education Centre, G.Dh. Thinadhoo
  10. [2011] Gnaviyani Atoll Education Centre, Gn. Fuvah Mulah
  11. [2011] Muhibbuddin School, S. Hithadhoo
  12. [2012] Haa Alif Atoll Education Centre, HA. Dhidhdhoo
  13. [2012] Hulhudhuffaaru School, R. Hulhudhuffaaru
  14. [2012] Academy for the Dhivehi Language (Dhivehi Research Library), Malé
  15. [2012] Dharumavantha School, Malé
  16. [2012] Iskandhar School, Malé
  17. [2012] Villa College, Malé
  18. [2012] Muhyiddin School, Vilimalé
  19. [2012] Vilufushee School, Th. Vilifushee
  20. [2012] Gaafu Alif Atoll Education Centre, GA. Villingili
  21. [2012] Addu High School, S. Feydhoo

Key partners of the Project

  • National Library of Maldives (NLM)
  • Maldives Library Association (MLA)
  • Education Development Centre (EDC), Ministry of Education
  • National Centre for Information Technology (NCIT)
  • Maldives Greenstone support Network (MGN) [consists of NLM, the Maldives National University Library, NCIT, MLA, & Department of Heritage]

Project Team

The Project is coordinated by the Maldives Library Association (Aminath Riyaz), with administrative support from the National Library of Maldives (Ibrahim Shiyam, Shafeea Shakir, Ahmed Rasheed, Adam Shahid, Shameeza Zahir), financial and administrative support from the Education Development Centre (Mohamed Adly, Razeen, Soodha), technical assistance from the MNU Library Team (Fathimath Nashfa, Saud Naajih Adam) through the MGN, and consultancy and support from Nepzilla Solutions, Nepal (Nitesh Rijal, Shiva Ram Shrestha).

[1] Villa College Library’s OPAC is currently, accessible only through the internal network of Villa College


Posted by on July 12, 2012 in NEWS


2 responses to “Maldives Digital Library has been officially launched

  1. maldives best

    February 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I think there are only few book at the moment. In other countries the online libraries are very rich in collection.

    • infomalias

      February 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      You are right. MLA is powered by a very small group of people working on voluntary basis while also doing full time jobs.

      The MLA has taken the initiative and assisted the libraries to setup their library catalogs online. The rest of the work largely depends on the individual libraries.
      One area that needs further work is creating more information professionals who can carry the work forward.
      It is a pity that in the Maldives librarians or information workers are seen as people who just sit at the counter and issue books. (this in fact is what most do, because 90% of our “librarians” do not have any relevant qualifications.

      For a functioning library we need qualified people – and that’s what’s lacking.
      And in the modern day, a librarian or information worker needs to have competency in information systems, information services, information technology, knowledge management, marketing, coupled library specific skills like cataloging, indexing and professional handling of
      information queries.
      Upgrading the “never existed” manual catalogs to online catalogs will take some time.

      Anthu Riyaz


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