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The Anna Centenary Library, Chennai (Madras)

(4.5/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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 and other Chennai (Madras) attractions into our Chennai (Madras) trip generator, and watch your holiday take shape.
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TripAdvisor
  • Nice place to study ... decent collection. If only wifi was there I would give it 5 stars. They have an area where you can bring your own books/notes to study .. which has been very helpful.  more »
  • Cannot believe the state govt can run such a efficient and wonderful library. Feel sad that it is so under-utilised. What more can one ask for! Free entry/parking/security/cloak room.a food court whic...  more »
  • Ultimate collection of books, well maintained and courteous staff. Very silent and must go place for kids. Rare collection of books are available.  more »
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  • This is the best place to grow your knowledge probably in the whole of India. A vast variety of books are available here. The library is as big and as quiet it can be. The library campus is well maintained and the books are periodically refreshed. There is no membership options available here, so you will not be able to borrow any books. You are guaranteed a fully satisfied study session here!!!!
  • It is arguably the best library in India. If you want to see heaven, Anna Centenary library is the place you would want to visit. The unique thing about this library is that it has its "own book reading section" and a "competitive exams preparation section where we are allowed to bring our books/laptops and study in peace. In addition to those 2 sections, there are numerous other sections in this massive library of eight floors.Therefore housing a plethora of books, pin drop silence, a beautiful food court along with a massive parking lot is this scenic beauty - The Anna Centenary library.
  • This is a place in chennai where knowledge is absolutly free.a great initiative by the former government .surely it has a greate historical importance in future.this place is heaven for the people who prepare for the competitive exams.but you may find more empty shelf without books this is due to the political reasons.my humble request to the government is "please provide more fund for this library"
  • Good place to study with sophisticated infrastructure at this library, great atmosphere, peaceful environment and more comfortable place.
  • I just amazed with its infrastructure and collection of books...when i entrered that librery ...i was in search of psychology books...as i went in afternoon time....i was tired...but the seats .. chairs..sofas....made me my intrest more....i didnt expcet this kind of infrastructure and book collection...ohh my god it made to read more and more...from 12:30 to 7:00 i was there...and it was really amazingggggg