List of largest libraries in India

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List of largest libraries in India

The library is a collection of information sources and similar resources that can be accessed to a community defined for referral or credit. It provides physical or digital access to objects, and perhaps a physical building or room, or virtual space, or both.

For all reading addicts, here is a list of 10 must-see libraries in India that have amazing collections:

1. THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF INDIA, KOLKATA

THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF INDIA
THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF INDIA

Location: Belvedere Road, Block A, Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal

Director: Arun Kumar Chakraborty

Established Date: 1836; 184 years ago

Opening and Closing Time: 9 am and 8 pm, Sunday Holiday

It is the largest library in the country by volume and India’s library of public records. It was established in the year 1836. It houses 26 Lakhs books along with other periodicals, manuscripts, maps, etc. It is spread in an area of 30-acres. It was opened to the public on 1-February-1953

2. DELHI PUBLIC LIBRARY

Delhi Public Library
Delhi Public Library


Location:
Kaccha Bagh Area, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi

Director: Lokesh Sharma

Established Date: 27 October 1951

Opening and Closing Time: 9 am and 8 pm, Sunday Holiday

It was started by the Government of India in 1951 as a UNESCO project. It is the top busiest Public Library in South Asia. It has a collection of over 18 lakh books in Hindi, English, Punjabi, Urdu and other Indian languages ​​- almost all of which are represented in its collection. Under the Distribution of Books and Newspapers (Public Libraries) Act 1954, the library is the 4th recipient library.

3. SARASWATHI MAHAL LIBRARY

Saraswathi Mahal Library
Saraswathi Mahal Library


Location:
E Main St, Rajakrisnapuram, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

Established Year: 1918

Opening and Closing Time: 9 am and 8 pm, Sunday Holiday

It is located within the premises of the Thanjavur Palace and opened as a royal library for the Nayak Kings of Thanjavur. It has a rare collection of palm leaf manuscripts in various regional languages ​​of India. It came under the control of the state of Tamil Nadu in 1918. In 1998, the library established computers to compute library activities. The library preserves all manuscripts in microfilms.

4. ANNA CENTENARY LIBRARY, CHENNAI

Anna Centenary Library
Anna Centenary Library


Location:
Gandhi Mandapam Rd, Surya Nagar, Kotturpuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Director: Dr.S.Nagaraja Murugan

Established Date: 15 September 2010

Opening and Closing Time: 9 am and 8 pm, Sunday Holiday

It was inaugurated on September 15, 2010. The total built-in area of this centrally air-conditioned library is 3.75 lakh square feet, covering the ground floor and eight floors. It has a collection of 5 lakh books. It also has a Braille section to meet the needs of blind readers. It has a huge conference hall to accommodate 150 members.

5. KRISHNADAS SHAMA CENTRAL LIBRARY

KRISHNADAS SHAMA CENTRAL LIBRARY
KRISHNADAS SHAMA CENTRAL LIBRARY


Location:
Patto Centre, Panaji, Goa

Directorate: Art & Culture Sanskruti Bhavan

Established Date: 15 September 1832

Opening and Closing Time: 9 am and 8 pm, Sunday Holiday

It was founded on 15 September 1832 by Vice Roy Dom Manuel de Portugal e Castro as ‘Public Livaria’. On February 15, 1897, the status of the library was raised to the National Library. It has over 1.8 lakh books in different languages. Total redemption pre-collection is over 40,000 volumes.

6. ALLAHABAD PUBLIC LIBRARY, ALLAHABAD

Allahabad Public Library
Allahabad Public Library


Location:
Chandra Sekhar Azad Park, Uttar Pradesh

Director: Rajesh Purohit

Established Year: 1864

Opening and Closing Time: 9 am and 8 pm, Sunday Holiday

It has a collection of over 1.25 lakh books on various topics. It contains rare Arabic manuscripts with parliamentary papers.

7. SMT. HANSA MEHTA LIBRARY, BARODA

SMT. HANSA MEHTA LIBRARY, BARODA
SMT. HANSA MEHTA LIBRARY, BARODA


Location:
Station Rd, Near Arts Canteen, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Sayajiganj, Vadodara, Gujarat

Director: Rajendra Prasad

Established Date: May 1, 1950

Opening and Closing Time: 9 am and 8 pm, Sunday Holiday

It is the University Library of MS University, Baroda. It was founded on May 1, 1950. The total area of ​​the library is 80,025 square feet. It is the single largest reading room of 10,600 square feet, accommodating about 1100 readers at a time. It boasts an impressive collection of rare books that include books dating back to the sixteenth century. About 3,500 books have been preserved in this precious collection, which includes some notable titles that are out of print.

8. CONNEMARA PUBLIC LIBRARY, CHENNAI

Connemara Public Library
Connemara Public Library


Location:
Museum Compound, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Established Date: 5 December 1896

Opening and Closing Time: 9 am and 8 pm, Sunday Holiday

It was founded on 5 December 1896. It is one of the four national deposit libraries that receives a copy of all the books, newspapers and magazines published in India. It serves as a deposit library for the UN

9. STATE CENTRAL LIBRARY, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

State Central Library
State Central Library


Location:
Mahathma Gandhi Rd, Near Kerala University Stadium, University of Kerala Senate House Campus, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Established Year: 1829

Opening and Closing Time: 9 am and 8 pm, Sunday Holiday

It was founded in 1829 A.D. It has collected a total of 3,67,243 documents in various languages such as English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, and Sanskrit. The library subscribes to 215 journals, including 27 newspapers and foreign journals

10. STATE CENTRAL LIBRARY

STATE CENTRAL LIBRARY
STATE CENTRAL LIBRARY


Location:
Office of Director of public libraries, 1st floor, state, Telangana

Established Year: 1891

Opening and Closing Time: 9 am and 8 pm, Sunday Holiday

It has an impressive collection of 5,01,861 books. It also houses a collection of 17,000 rare and valuable manuscripts dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries

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