Here is a list of ten of the best libraries (lending, public and college) in Chennai.
1. Anna Centenary Library
Adding another feather to its intellectual cap, Chennai is now home to South Asia’s largest library. So if you are a book lover and need a break from the city’s commotion, this is the place for you. The Anna Centenary Library is an eight-story structure that was recently added to the city’s growing modern landscape in Kotturpuram. Its Braille section, children’s corner, a replica of the “Tree of Knowledge,” auditorium and amphitheater make quite an impression on visitors.
Address: Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kottupuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600025
Phone: 044 2220 9999
2. Connemara Public Library
Connemara Public Library is one of the four National Depository Libraries of the nation. The Connemara Public Library thus receives a copy of all books, newspapers and periodicals that are published in India. It has a history of more than a hundred years and until today remains as a repository of centuries-old newspapers and publications.
Address: Pantheon Rd, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008
Phone: 044 2819 3751
3. Roja Muthiah Research Library
The Roja Muthiah Research Library (RMRL) was founded in 1994 to preserve, catalog, and expand the collection of Roja Muthiah Chettiyar, a private collector who put together one of the world’s finest private libraries of Tamil publications during his lifetime. It currently houses one of the unique collections of Tamil imprints in South Asia. Some of the publications date from the latter part of the eighteenth century. With a collection of 3,00,000 items, RMRL provides research materials and facilities for research scholars of Tamil studies in a variety of fields spanning the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Most of the publications date from the latter half of the nineteenth and the twentieth century.
Address: 3rd Cross Road, Rajiv Gandhi IT Expressway, CPT Campus, Tharamani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600113
Phone: 044 2220 9999
4. The Adyar Library and Research Centre (ALRC)
The Adyar Library and Research Centre (ALRC) was founded in 1886 by Colonel Olcott with a small but valuable collection of his books. Originally situated in the Headquarters building, it was shifted in 1968 to a more spacious one, better suited to its growing needs. It has always been one of the important aspects of the work at Adyar, both for members and for the public; moreover, today it is one of the well known oriental libraries in the world, dedicated to research and publication in the field of eastern civilization, philosophy and religion. It contains over 250,000 printed volumes and around 20,000 palm-leaf manuscripts from India, Sri Lanka, China, and other places, a few of which are kept on display for visitors. The printed books include rare Indological publications in several languages and a fine collection of works on different religions, philosophies, and cultures.
Address: The Librarian, The Adyar Library and Research Centre, The Theosophical Society, Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India.
5. British Council
As an individual, family or institution member, you will be able to enjoy state-of-the-art facilities. There are social spaces, where you can meet friends, explore resources or attend a skills-based workshop or a lively author event. Whether you want a quiet space for study or access to some of the best cultural programmings in India, you will find everything you need at the British Council.
Address: British Deputy High Commission, 737 Anna Salai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600 002
Phone: +91 0120-4569000
6. Easwari Lending Library
Easwari Lending Library was established in 1955 at Lloyd’s road in a small way with the help of clients who were ardent readers and felt the want of a public library. Today it is spread across the city with 10 branches and expanding, quenching the thirst for knowledge from its close and convenient locale.
Address: 24, Thanikachalam Road, C Block, G 2, Silver Park Apartment, T Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600017
Phone: 044 2835 3188
7. Bookmark Lending Library
Bookmark Lending Library is the largest and the first Lending library on East Coast Road(ECR) . It caters to the reading taste of residents of Thiruvanmiyur, Kottivakkam, and Pallavakkam along the entire ECR lane to Adyar and Beasant Nagar. Membership Fee starts from Rs. 250 (refundable) and there are a plethora of books of different genres to choose from.
Address: 48, East Coast Road, Srinivasapuram, Opp Sri Krishna Sweets, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600041
Phone: 098407 65953
8. Sri Ramakrishna Math Library
Sri Ramakrishna Centenary Library (Public Library) was started in the year 1936—the birth centenary year of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna—and has now completed 78 eventful years of service to the society.
Address: RK Math Road, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004
Phone: 044 2462 1110
9. Central Library Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Central Library which is one of the central support services of IIT Madras. The mission of the Central Library is to provide information services and access to bibliographic and full text digital and printed resources to support the scholarly and informational needs of the Institute Community.
Address: Central Library, IITM, Sharav Rd, Indian Institute Of Technology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600036
Phone: 044 2257 4950
10. Rajeswari Lending Library
Rajeswari Library has been functioning from 20th February 2013. It’s conveniently located and easily accessible to the public.
Address: No.5 1, 93, Kutchery Rd, Sector 1, Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600004
Phone: 044 4232 9140