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The Anna Centenary Library, Chennai (Madras)

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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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  • Vast book collection. I love this place so much and I feel so possesive that I dislike my fellow visitors.The best Place to study.  more »
  • The largest Public Library in South India. Books stored and stacked neatly for quick identification of title and author. There are multilevel floors and guides posited to help the visitors. Ideal plac...  more »
  • Ideally, such a facility should be mandatory in all Districts, if not Taluks. We have only one and everything about it from the plush carpets to the swank interiors is international about it. You get ...  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!
  • 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.
  • I really enjoyed over, during last week, the Computer Science section on 3rd floor. Drinking water got Thumps-up not the bottle stuff,..really Good. I found Rest-room facilities got better than last few years, during which was in a dilapidated state. Now even RestRm has water but no cross ventilation, eventually suffocating while and before completing the 'business' there...Since the building is fully-AirCond...the vent fan on RestRoom to be looked into or make some open hole on the wall in Rest-room, on opposite walls not only one side which serve no purpose, desperately. Thanks
  • The best place to visit in Chennai. Huge collection of books on all the topics, reading space in every section, a section to read your own books and everything AC. Can't ask for more.