With the advent of smartphones and kindle, it seemed that the era of reading proper paperback books was over. However, even today, if you ask a book lover about their fantasy most of them, would say: ‘reading a book in a nook of a beautiful library’.
The fact of the matter remains that even if the technology is progressing, nothing can take away the charm of reading a paperback book or even the romance of being in a library surrounded by books!
For all those reading addicts, here is the list of must-visit libraries in India, that have the amazing collection:
The National Library of India, Kolkata:
It is the largest library in the country by volume and India’s library of public record
It was established in the year 1836. It houses 26,41,615 books along with other periodicals, maps, manuscripts etc. It is spread in an area of 30-acres. It was opened to public on February 1, 1953
Delhi Public Library:
It was started as a UNESCO project in the year 1951 by the Govt. of India
It is the busiest Public Library in South Asia. It has a collection of about 18 lakh books in Hindi, English, Urdu, Punjabi & other Indian Languages- almost all subjects are represented in its collection. The Library is also the 4th recipient library under the provision of Delivery of Books & Newspaper (Public Libraries) Act 1954.
Saraswathi Mahal Library or Tanjore Maharaja Serfoji’s Sarasvati Mahal Library, Tamil Nadu:
It is housed within the campus of Thanjavur Palace and had started as a royal library for the Nayak Kings of Thanjavur.
It has a rare collection of palm leaf manuscript in various regional languages of India. It came into the possession of the state of Tamil Nadu in the year 1918. In the year 1998, the library installed computers to computerize library activities. The library preserves all the manuscripts in the form of microfilms.
Anna Centenary Library, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
It was inaugurated on September 15, 2010. The total built-up area of this centralized air-conditioned library is 3.75 lakh sq. ft., which encompasses ground and eight floors. It has a collection of 5 lakh books. It also has a Braille section to cater to the needs of the blind readers. It has a huge Conference Hall that can facilitate 150 members
Krishnadas Shama Central Library, Goa.
It was established on September 15, 1832, by Vice Roy Dom Manuel de Portugal e Castro as ‘Publica Livraria.’ The status of Library was raised to that of a National Library on February 15, 1897. It has more than 1.8 lakh books in different languages. The total pre-liberation collection is over 40,000 volumes
Allahabad Public Library, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
It has a collection of about 1.25 lakh books on various subjects. It has rare Arabic manuscripts along with papers of Parliament
Smt. Hansa Mehta Library, Baroda, Gujarat
It is the University Library of M S University of Baroda. It was established on May 1, 1950. The total built-up area of the Library is 80,025 sq. ft. It has a single largest Reading Room of 10,600 sq. ft. which can accommodate about 1100 readers at a time. It has an impressive collection of rare books that include books as old as those dated back to sixteenth century.
Approximately 3,500 books are preserved in this precious collection, which comprises some noteworthy titles, which are out of Print.
Connemara Public Library, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
It was established in the year 1896. It is one of the four National Depository Libraries, which receive a copy of all books, newspapers, and periodicals published in India. It serves as a depository library for the UN.
State Central Library, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
It was established in the year 1829 A.D. It has a total collection of 3,67,243 documents in different languages such as English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Sanskrit in various disciplines. The library subscribes to 27 dailies and 215 journals including foreign journals
State Central Library, Hyderabad
It has an impressive collection of 5,01,861 books. It also has a collection of about 17,000 rare and valuable manuscripts dating back to 5th and 6th centuries