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National Library, Kolkata (Calcutta)

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The National Library of India on the Belvedere Estate in Alipore, Kolkata, is the largest library in India by volume and India's library of public record. It is under the Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Government of India. The library is designated to collect, disseminate and preserve printed material produced in India. The library is situated on the scenic 30acre Belvedere Estate. It is the largest in India with a collection in excess of 2.2 million books. Before independence, it was the official residence of Lt. Governor of Bengal.HistoryThe Calcutta Public LibraryThe history of the National Library began with the formation of the Calcutta Public Library in 1836.That was a non-governmental institution and was run on a proprietary basis. People contributing in subscription became the proprietors. Prince Dwarkanath Tagore was the first proprietor of that Library. ₹ 300 at that time was a significant amount, so poor students and others were allowed free use of the library for some period of time.Lord Metcalfe, the Governor General at that time, transferred 4,675 volumes from the library of the College of Fort William, Kolkata to the Calcutta Public Library. This and donations of books from individuals formed the nucleus of the library.Both Indian and foreign books, especially British, were purchased for the library. Donations were regularly made by individuals as well as by the government.
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  • National Library in Kolkata is located on the Belvedere Estate in Alipore, Kolkata, is the largest library in India. It is under the Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism & Culture - Government o...  more »
  • For a city which loves reading and book lovers are everywhere, this is a place to be. Just go there enjoy the art of reading. One the best and biggest libraries has wonderful collection which can blow...  more »
  • this place is easily accessible as it is in the center of Kolkata. almost all the books are available for enthusiasts  more »
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  • All types of books are available and moreover it is a national heritage. The place is gradually being modernised.
  • Huge collection of books. The has a historical importance.we managed,nice place. I have a great experience here.
  • This library is the first modern library in India. Here we find very rare collection of old age book paper and manuscript. Good educational environment is found here.
  • Best of Asia books are available here. It had caught massive fire and lots of books were burnt into ashes. Don't know what precautions they have taken to save our valuable history
  • Probably the largest Public Library in Asia ... Also had good atmosphere ... It has also some horror story too 🤔