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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  • The location is very central and collections are really commendable. Lots of floors for each category of readers . Children have separate floor Competitive exam preparation may be done from here becau...  more »
  • This place can be used by the students to study and clarify the doubts as there are large collection of books in the library. this is very usefull for the UPSC and other government exam candidated who...  more »
  • It is a very calm place in the midst of a bustling city. Best place to read and gain knowledge. Extensive collection of books. So spacious  more »
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  • Must visit place in Chennai. Entrance is free here. They wont allow you to take books home. But you can take copies/write note reffering the books. Plenty of calm ,😀 area to sit. In first floor there is an open area where you can bring out side books and read. ( Excellent option to prepare for exams). One of the floors is specially designed for kids. So it will be nice place to spend time with your kids for the evening.
  • 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.,
  • Wonderful library, lots of books across various walks of life. Children section is excellent. On the downside the rest rooms are a sorry state. Hope they do something about it.

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