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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  • One of my favourite places in Chennai. Basically you will need one day to go a book tour for this place, then following days you can visit and start reading your favourite books. Well- maintained and ...  more »
  • Very Largest library,we have 9 floors of books with different categories.almost all the subjects.we also have digital library,you can also go with your notes and laptops to take notes.we have good spe...  more »
  • Built on 8 acres of land, the 9-floor library houses a total area of 333,140 sq. ft and has a capacity to accommodate 1.2 million books. We visited the library during summer vacation and could make it...  more »
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  • It's a great place to read and gain knowledge and even to study... The only flaws I found is that they keep the AC off half of the time probably to save electricity but still...a major part of the library is free but always the ground floor the self book study area is crowded... probably they increase the area for it since it's more in need and finally last but not the least the securities cause a big problem for everything and also few of the care takers...they overdo their work and treat us in a way that we are gonna steal the full library in our pockets... If they charge a monthly minimal fee also it's fine but if they would have been a little decent in putting the AC throughout and the behaviour and the attitude of the workers and securities would be litter better!
  • Good place. There is a spacious parking for vehicles. The library has many floors catering to the needs of people.Decent furniture and book racks. The staff are not very friendly in children's section.If u ask for a particular book we have to search it from 2 Lakhs books. There is no proper cataloging and arrangement of books in a particular place. Toilets are not maintainened properly. This beautiful infrastructure is being ruined by improper maintenance.
  • Huge and well maintained library. Lots of collections, well categorized. Separate kids section. Too good. Worth spending a day with kids. Also can be visited regularly. Separate sections for reading own books. Canteen available backside. Very cheap prices. A Avin parlor available. Floor wise books collections listed in the attached photo
  • The library is spacious and well maintained. Sprawling across eight floors, dedicated sections cater to the interests of myriad disciplines. Secret tip, (Okay this is not so secret ), go the reading section near the facade in any of the higher floors. You would be treated to incredible vistas of the oasis that is adyar forest. At first look , one may feel that their eyes belie reality.You would be forgiven for thinking so, as not many people know about the incredibly lush green canopy that adyar forest and theosophical society garden harbors.It indeed is a welcome change to the sore eyes which were bored do death with mind numbing urban scenes
  • Such a great place. Fully air conditioned. There was no water in 7th floor when I went. The corresponding authorities should always check the water availability and the cleanliness in the restroom.

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