Libraries in Chennai
Searching for a library in Chennai? Well, you’re on the right page. Because we know you. You would rather finish an entire novel than spare time for laundry. Or rather have more bookshelves than closet space in your room. But more than anything, you need space (perhaps like a public library in Chennai) where you can read with no interruptions.
So don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We know the number of ‘interruptions per hour’ you get on a daily basis. Especially when you’re living in a new city. And you’re bound to do every little thing on your own. And that’s exactly why you’ll love our Stanza Living residences. Coz we barely leave anything that takes up your time. Whether it’s room-cleaning, making meals or taking care of your laundry. We do that – no questions asked. So you have enough time to indulge in your favourite hobbies. And we even help you out when you wanna go outside. Like pointing you towards a good library in Chennai. Or better, compiling an entire list of them like below. So keep scrolling down. And definitely bookmark it for later.
Best Libraries in Chennai
The 6 best libraries in Chennai are:
- Anna Centenary Library, Kotturpuram
- Connemara Public Library, Pantheon Road
- Easwari Lending Library, Lloyd’s Road
- British Council Library, Anna Salai
- Rajeswari Lending Library, Chromepet
- Little Love Library, Anna Nagar
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Anna Centenary Library, Kotturpuram
The Anna Centenary Library is the biggest library in Chennai. It’s a 9-floor building with nothing but books. On top of it, the space has tinted glasses that spread natural light all around. Now, we don’t know much about tinted glasses. But an annoying roomie who keeps shutting the window blinds is the perfect reason for you to visit this library. Coz lights will guide you home, my friend.
Connemara Public Library, Pantheon Road
In terms of the number of books, the Connemara Public Library is the largest in South India. Also, it is one of the four depository libraries of India. This means, it receives a copy of every periodical and newspaper from all over the country. Basically, this is heaven for those uncles whose faces are always hidden behind a newspaper.
Easwari Lending Library, Lloyd’s Road
Easwari Lending Library is the best public library in Chennai to borrow books from. In fact, they have membership plans where you can get your books delivered to your doorstep. Plus, they have a good collection of books in regional languages. And that’s perfect if you wanna pick up the local dialect. It will help you to bond better with your South Indian roomies. Or to bargain in the local markets. Whichever is your priority.
British Council Library, Anna Salai
The British Council library is perhaps the best library in Chennai. The thing that sets them apart from others is their exclusive events. Along with their mind-boggling collection of books, you’ll find regular film screenings, book launches and, well, a book club. Clearly, the best place to create your own version of Dead Poets Society. So ‘carpe diem’ and visit this place for sure!
Rajeswari Lending Library, Chromepet
The Rajeswari Lending Library has a wide collection of books. Whether you’re talking fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, magazines, and even comics. Plus, they’ve got friendly librarians who’ll always help you find your desired book. Not very unlike Joe Goldberg from YOU. Lol.
Little Love Library, Anna Nagar
Little Love Library is located in Anna Nagar. The local bibliophiles sing praises for the library because of its wide range of books. Probably why it has a large community of members too. You can avail their lifetime membership plan for just 850 bucks. And that includes being able to borrow any number of books per visit. Surely that’s a better deal than spending thousands on new books just to watch them get caked in dust on your bookshelves.
FAQs on Best Libraries in Chennai
Which are the Best Libraries in Chennai?
According to most book-lovers in Chennai, these are the best libraries in the city:
- Connemara Public Library
- British Council Library
- Anna Centenary Library
How many Libraries are There in Chennai?
Well, there are a total of 162 libraries (both part-time and full-time) in Chennai. And even in the age of Kindles, they’re still going strong.
Which is the Largest Library in Chennai?
The largest library in Chennai is, of course, the Anna Centenary Library. It is home to about 1.2 million books.
Can I borrow books from Anna Centenary Library?
Nope, you’re only allowed to read in their premises. But given their tech-enabled facilities and calm atmosphere, you wouldn’t want to read anywhere else.
Where can I Borrow Books in Chennai?
You can borrow books from any of these libraries:
- Connemara Library
- Easwari Lending Library
- British Council Library
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