If you simply love reading books, you will know the importance of a library. A place where you can sit peacefully and read, without being disturbed, without the constant noise. It will be just you and your book. How awesome is it? While we have many libraries across the country, here are some that you just can’t miss it. If you are visiting one of these cities, you HAVE to go to their library. You just have to!
I have listed some of the libraries that you will love to sit in for hours and hours!
1. Seshadri Memorial Library, Bangalore, Karnataka
Also known as the State Central Library, this place is a reader’s paradise. Situated amidst Cubbon Park and surrounded by greenery, this library has a collection of 2,40,093 books and manuscripts. This library is one of the greatest landmarks in Bangalore. According to the director of the library, they have a copy of every book published in the state after 1970. Did I tell you, this place also has a rose garden at the entrance which enhances its beauty? A reader’s paradise indeed.
2. Delhi Public Library
Next time when you are planning to visit Delhi, make sure you visit this library. Established in the year 1951, this library project was sponsored by UNESCO and the Government of India. It has a collection of more than 18 lakh books in English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and other languages. They also have an exclusive branch for children, braille library for the visually impaired, prison library for Tihar Central Prison, free internet service and a DVD media collection.
3. Trivandrum Public Library/State Central Library, Kerala
This library is one of the oldest libraries in India. Situated in Thiruvanantapuram, this library was established in the year 1829 AD. Initially only the privileged classes were allowed inside the library but as time passed, it was open to everyone. This library has about 19 sections and a collection of almost 700 digital books.
4. Raza Library – Rampur, UP
Have you ever wondered what would a library be like in the 18th century? Well, here is your answer. The Raza Library, in Rampur Uttar Pradesh, was founded by Nawab Faizulla Khan in the last decades of the 18th century. They have a very rare collection of valuable manuscripts, historical documents, specimen of Islamic calligraphy and miniature works. It is said that the Nawab started the library with his personal collection. So the next time you visit UP, you know where you HAVE to go.
5. David Sassoon Library, Mumbai
If you stay in Mumbai and you are looking for some place where we you can sit peacefully and read, the David Sassoon Library is the place to be. This library was established in 1870 and has been a landmark since then. What’s amazing is, that this library finds itself in the list of 145 old buildings declared as protected monuments.
6. National Library of India, Kolkata
Based in Kolkata, the National Library of India is one of the biggest and the oldest libraries. Founded in 1936, anybody could become the proprietor of the library by paying just Rs. 300! How cool was that! But as time passed, this library was taken over by the government. Today, this library has over 2,270,000 books, Over 86,000 maps, 3,200 manuscripts and over 45 kilometers of shelf – space. Now, that is something!
7. Asiatic library Mumbai
If you have stayed in Mumbai for your whole life, I will be surprised if you do not know about the Asiatic Library. For those you don’t know, once you see the image you will recognize it as the place that has been featured in many movies. This library has over a hundred thousand books out of which 15,000 are rare and valuable. So if you are fan of the old work, you know where to go. Oh btw, there’s a year’s waiting for a membership.
8. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
If you are someone who is interested to know about the freedom struggle of India, this place is just for you. This Museum cum library is situated in New Delhi and aims to preserve and reconstruct the history of the Indian independence movement. Spread in 30 acres its construction started in 1929 and took around one year to completion. You definitely don’t want to give this a miss.
9. State Central Library, Hyderabad
Formerly known as the Asafia Library, this is one of the most imposing structures in Hyderabad and was granted a heritage status in 1998 by INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage). Established in the year 1891 by Nawab Imad-ul-Mulk, it houses almost 5,00,000 books and magazines including some rare plamleaf manuscripts.