Sundarayya Vignana Kendram was commissioned in the year 1988. It is managed by a registered Non-Profit-Trust. It is maintained by Public Donations, which are exempted from income-tax under Section 80 G of Indian Income Tax Act. While the land was donated by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the existing building was constructed with the public contibutions made in the form of donations.The Trust expanded its activities with the construction of a New Library, Cultural and Research Center at Gachibowli, spread over four acres of land.
The old Sundarayya Vignana Kendram at Bagh lingampally consists of a Reading Room, a Research Library, a small Seminar Room (150 seats), a 450 seat centrally cooled Auditorium and rooms for Research Scholars.
The new Library, Cultural and Research Center at Gachibowli house the basic archival collections and reference library along with the digital book databases. The new Sundarayya Vignana Kendram has a state of the art air-conditioned 250 seats Convention Hall, 60 seats Board Room, Art Gallery, Sodhana – Koratala Memorial Research Center, and a Book Restoration section. It has a massive Open Plaza along with an Amphitheatre. It also hosts facilities for sports training, film making and animation coaching.
As part of the first phase of the activities, the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram has started a specialized Research Library. It has a rich collection of rare books, journals, newspapers, reports, pamphlets, manuscripts, private papers, etc., in different languages. The collection is particularly rich in Urdu, Telugu and English language, throwing light on the socio - cultural, economic and political histories and popular movements of all types that took place after 12th century. The entire collection of 250,000 printed books, journals and manuscripts in Telugu, Urdu and English languages are now housed in the new center at Gachibowli.
Most of in collection we received are in the form of book donations wellknownwriters, professors, lawyers, social and political activists and other book doners donated their entire collections. chicago
Sundarayya Vignana Kendram has been involved in various not-for-profit activities including book restoration. We have undertaken a microfilming, digitalization and restoration project which is the only one of it's kind the world, with the help of the 'Thermal Vacuum Freeze Dryer' hired from canada for six months to restore more than 1,50,000 flood dam-aged books and manuscripts. With our experience we can help organizations (both commercial and non-commercial) restore and preserve valuable printed materials and cultural artifacts that are endangered. The SVK has also been awarded grants under the Endangered archives, Program from the British Library, London, for repair, restoration, digitalisation and microfilming of pre -1947 Telugu print culture in India.