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The first library in the country, the Kerala State Central Public Library at Thiruvananthapuram was established during the days of Swathi Thirunal Maharaja of Travancore in 1829. The library has digitised hundreds of rare documents, volumes of government gazettes and many rare books which can be accessed online. The digitisation work was done in phases – 707 rare documents were archived in the first phase in 2006 and 480 English books were added during the second phase in 2010. Some rare books like An Account of the Trade in India by Kockyer Charles published in 1711 and Righte Noble and Pleasant History of Successors of Alexander Surnamed the Great published in 1569 have been digitised. A large collection of World War I documents and letters preserved by the British Library’s India Office now appear in the cyber world. These documents report the treatment of British and Indian prisoners of war in Germany and other details of the World War I. They also contain letters from soldiers.