India’s Best Library

India’s Best Library

In a culturally rich country like India, libraries can be seen as buildings of historical significance with splendid architecture and top class design. Yet, not many people are aware of these stunning libraries.

Libraries are big assets of any countries. A Library, a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for use or borrowing by the public or the members of an institution? So Let’s get to know about a few Library which is the biggest in India. The National Library of India on the Belvedere Estate in Alipore, Kolkata, is the largest library in India by volume.

1. National Library of India, Kolkata

The National Library of India, Kolkata holds the crown of being the largest library in India both in terms of size and volume of books.

  • Books Count – 2 million books
  • Area – 30 acres lush green Belvedere Estate
  • Language – Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Punjabi, Oriya, Kashmiri, Sanskrit, Urdu et al.

2. Delhi Public Library, Delhi

With more than 30 branches across Delhi, The Delhi Public Library preserves over 17 lakh books in various languages for its readers.

  • Books Count – 17 Lacs books
  • Area – 30 acres lush green Belvedere Estate
  • Language – All Languages

People can avail its benefits after an initial subscription fee, and are also allowed to deposit books, newspapers, magazines, etc. the library also assists the prisoners residing in Tihar Central Jail and has a braille library for the visually impaired.

3. Nehru Memorial Museum And Library, Delhi

Aptly named Nehru Memorial Museum and Library served as the residence of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru and now is home to some of the most important historical works of the Indian Independence Movement.

Located within the complex of the Teen Murti Bhawan, one can find here, preserved works of Mahatma Gandhi, private papers of Jayaprakash Narayan, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, Sarojini Naidu, and many more eminent personalities.

4. State Central Library of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

This public library in the state of Telangana is one of the most magnificent structures of Hyderabad. Built by Nawab Imad-ul-Mulk in the year 1891,

  • Books Count – 04 Lacs books
  • Area – 15 acres
  • Language – All Languages
  • Architect – Aziz Ali

you’ll be impressed by his work once, you see the huge halls and high ceilings of this splendid structure.

5. Sarasvathi Mahal Library, Tanjore

Housed within the Thanjavur Palace, this library happens to be the oldest library in Asia. The library once built for the Nayak Kings of Thanjavur, now is owned and governed by Tamil Nadu State Government and has been named as Tanhore Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswathi Mahal Library.

  • Books Count – 50 Thousand books
  • Area – 15 acres
  • Language – Sanskrit, Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and, others.

6. State Central Library, Thiruvananthapuram

This library is 7th on our list and is the 1st public library in India. The library came to existence during the reign of King Swathi Thirunal of Travancore, and was opened only for Dubaris at that time; later it was made accessible for public as well.

  • Books Count – 700 Digitalized books
  • Area – 15 acres
  • Language – Tamil, Hindi and Sanskrit

Also known as Trivandrum Public Library, SCL is located in Thiruvananthapuram i.e. the capital city of Kerala.

7. David Sassoon Library, Mumbai

Just like the Raza Library, the David Sassoon Library is also one of the few monuments owned and governed by the Government of India. The library dates back to the year 1870 and, was a possession of Albert Sassoon, who named this library after his father David Sassoon.

  • Books Count – 35000 Books
  • Area – 15 acres

But, what makes it so different from other libraries, is a leafy garden like yard at the back of the library which is no less than a gateway to an altogether different world, far from the rush and race of Mumbai.

8. Connemara Public Library, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

The Connemara Public Library is not an ordinary library! This library serves as a depository library for the UN.

Moreover, it receives and stores all the copies of various books, newspapers, and magazines printed in India and, thus, is amongst the four National Depository Libraries in India. The library annually updates its collection through the funding it receives from the state government.

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