The Anna Centenary Library, Chennai (Madras)

Peruse the massive collection of books, periodicals, braille editions, and audiobooks at The Anna Centenary Library, the largest library in South Asia. Established by the government of Tamil Nadu, the collection spans nine floors and 30,950 sq m (333,140 sq ft) of total floor space, affording you ample opportunity for research and entertainment. A good place to escape the heat and bustle of the city for a bit, the air-conditioned building is free to enter, and also has refreshments and food on offer. Put The Anna Centenary Library into our Chennai (Madras) road trip tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • If you are a book lover and an avid reader, it is sheer injustice if you haven't been to this place. Majestic huge building with tremendous facilities, AC, canteen, self study rooms, tons and tons of ...  more »
  • Visited the library for first time last week. The library is huge with almost all sections I could think of, covered. Wanted to visit the library for a long time. So just checked out a couple of secti...  more »
  • We visited this library and were very impressed to find such a large library in Chennai. There are books for all ages and Children would have a great time visiting also.  more »
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  • Spacious library having enormous collection of books for students and for general readers. Well maintained facility. Has a good collection of Braille, Children's and Students. Reading hall is maintained well and is well used. Has an Aavin Milk Parlour in Campus. Nice overall experience.
  • One of the biggest library in India and Asia. Billions of books are available. Department and interest wise sections are decided. Clean and nicely designed. Books are available for every kind of subject. You cannot take you own books in Library except in Reading Hall. Disappointingly sitting capacity of reading hall is very less.
  • I used to go here. I love this place very much. But maintainance is not much good. Latest version books you will no get much. However books collection lot. There is no any latest technology book for IT like java dot net JavaScript etc.,
  • If you are visiting for the first time, Here's all you need to know- No membership- Free for everyone. You cannot borrow books, only sit there and read. Own books are allowed only in the self study section, everywhere else printed material is not allowed. Self study section fills up very quickly. You have to be there before 8:30 to get a table & chair, but you can always request to sit on the floor. Laptops are allowed inside- Just sign in the entrance. There is No free Wifi but there's a computer lab where you can use a computer (with internet) for an hour at a time. You cannot bring your own lunch inside the library building, instead you'll have to eat it in the food court behind the building. There are separate booths for you to sit individually Or if you are visiting in a group then there are also tables where around 6 people can sit together.
  • Libraries are always a place that you must visit at least once in your life. Visiting the Anna Centenary Library spend a day by choosing any section in Library. It will give you a good experience. It is a blessed thing for Chennai People to have Anna Centenary Library. It is organized and categorized well. I appreciate the architect, who designed the Library Building. It is being managed well. Food court at the backside of the building is offering food at affordable prices. I thank them for offering the food at affordable prices. Really, you are doing a great service to the society. Check out the official webpage to know more. Visit it once, you 'll experience it good.

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