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The Best Libraries of India – Part 2

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In the article The Best Libraries of India - Part 1, we have covered some of the best libraries in India. Adding to that list, here are some more of the beautiful massive libraries of the country that you can pay a visit if you're a bookworm, or for the simple pleasure of sightseeing.

Take a journey to some of the best libraries of India!

Saraswati Mahal Library - Thanjavur

Saraswati Mahal Libray at Thanjavur
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Saraswati Mahal Library - Thanjavur

This is one of the oldest libraries in Asia. The library holds a rare collection of palm leaf manuscripts in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Marathi and English.

Address: E Main St, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
Opening Hours: 10am-5.30pm on all days except Wednesdays

The library complex also has a museum that helps the visitors understand the significance of the library. Visitor can have a look at some of the preserved books and other items like illustrated manuscripts, canvass paintings, atlases, portraits of Maratha kings, etc.

Delhi Public Library - Delhi

This huge library that was established in 1951 has 35 branches in India and a collection of over 18 lakhs of books. Being a depository library, the Delhi Public Library receives a copy of every book that is published in India.

Address: Culture Center, Vinoba Puri, New Delhi, Delhi
Opening Hours: 10am-6.45pm

All major branches of the library has an exclusive section for children. A Braille library is also present here for the visually impaired. Digital media collection and the gramophone records being a highlight of the library, it is also interesting to know that the library accepts gifts from readers to add to the resources, if the book is unavailable in the library and if the book is in good condition.

central library in bangalore

The State Central Libray in Bengaluru
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Karnataka State Central Library - Bengaluru

Housed in the Seshadri Iyer Memorial building at Cubbon Park in Bengaluru, the library is also called the Seshadri Memorial Library. The library has a collection of around 3 lakh books, with an impressive collection of books in various regional languages and is one of the best libraries of India.

Address: Cubbon Park, Near Century Club, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Opening Hours: 8am-7.30pm on all days except Mondays
The majestic red building is one of the major landmarks of the city. The library also ahas a separate section for Braille.

State Central Library - Hyderabad

This public library in Telangana was constructed in 1891 and had earned heritage status in 1998. The library was established with an objective of being a major source of books on science and technology.

Address: 15-5-580 National Highway 9 Ashok Bazar, Afzal Gunj Hyderabad, Telangana
Opening Hours: 9.30am-6.30pm on all days except Sundays

With a collection of over 5 lakh books, there are books in various languages like English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Marathi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic.

Kerala State Library in Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala State Central Library in Thiruvananthapuram
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Kerala State Central Library - Thiruvananthapuram

Established in 1829, the Kerala State Central library is one of the oldest libraries in India. This is the first public library in India and was earlier called as "Trivandrum People's Library". Some of the sections in the library include the Technical section, Circulation section, English section, Malayalam section and Closed Reference section among the rest.

Address: NH47, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Opening Hours: 8am-8pm

The library has around 4 lakh books and sees an average of 50, 000 readers every month. Any Kerala resident is allowed a membership here on a one time subscription.

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