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The Anna Centenary Library, Chennai (Madras)

Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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4.5/5 based on 170+ 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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  • Huge spacious library with enormous collection of books on literature, culture, technology etc. Ideal for research, as there are plenty of books for reference. Easily accessible on the main road in Ko...  read more »
  • This library is probably the biggest in the country. We decided to visit this place as we planned Chennai. Have wide range of books from science, religion, literature, career related, IT, cultural and...  read more »
  • This place is probably one of the best maintained public libraries in Chennai. They have given a corporate look and feel here with top notch security, neat and comfortable seating arrangements, bright...  read more »
  • A very good library in international standard infrastructure ...but the toilets and common space maintained poor by this government .Hardly visitors are worried about maintaining it clean with litters lying here and there.We complaint on Government for not providing better facilities and we in return maintain it worst. I wish it does not turn out to be lover's park or misused in future..
  • Really really good library. Excellent infrastructure. Polite staff. But severely understaffed, neglected. Elevators don't ply to certain levels. The librarian can't be contacted easily. Unnecessary restrictions regarding carrying bags and can't take laptops into Tamil section. No reasons given. I'll definitely go here again. But this place needs better management.
  • 'twz soo wonderful to go there and had a grt exprnz proud that a country like India has a library like this ..
  • A disappointing experience. Was denied entry as I did not have a helmet lock. The sentry said they'd give a token to keep my bag but not my helmet. I was really eager to check the place out and to study but to be denied access for such an insignificant reason has been really discouraging. Not going back there again.
  • This is the best library I have ever seen. I hope they don't lend books because many people won't return the books back. Making this a lending library is a worst idea. Thank god they don't have wifi connection, this prevents readers from getting distracted. The own book reading section on first floor does not have good conditioned A/C.
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