Patna Book Fair – 8-18 November 2019, Gandhi Maidan

Entry free for school and government college students

Patna Book Fair 2017
Patna Book Fair 2017

The CRD Patna Book Fair will take place from 8 to 18 November 2019 at Gandhi Maidan, Patna. The theme for this year is ‘Per, Paani, Zindagi’ (tree, water, life). Visitors to the book fair will find books, journals, magazines, stationery items, and several other educational supplements on display.

The Patna Book Fair invites intellectuals, readers, students and book lovers to indulge in several activities. There will be book launches, seminars, workshops, street plays, classical music programs, competition for schools and colleges, celebrities from art and culture, and health-related programs.

The event will provide the participants with an opportunity to generate business from the retail customer as well as institutional customers. The unused funds that were allotted by the Education Department to Indian institutions for the purchase of books for their library can be used here to make fresh purchases and add value to the libraries.

The timings of the Patna book fair are 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and other holidays. The ticket for general visitors is Rs. 10 while entry is free for school students dressed in their uniforms provided the school principal requests the same beforehand on the school’s letterhead. Entry is also free for college students from recognized government colleges and the timings for them are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (only on weekdays). Entry will be granted based on the ID cards issued by the college. No private college ID will be allowed.

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