The Anna Centenary Library, Chennai

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  • Address: Gandhi Mandapam Rd, Surya Nagar, Kottur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600085, India
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 044-65515031
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Library, Educational Site, Family And Kids
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About The Anna Centenary Library, Chennai

Named after former Chief Minister C. N. Annadurai, the Anna Centenary Library is an established state library and one of the biggest in Asia, spanning over almost 8 acres of land. The library was opened in 2010 and accommodates approximately 1.2 million books and can hold 1,250 people. The library run on sophisticated technology, with a section for the visually impaired that contains talking books and Braille displays. Service areas are present in the western end to prevent solar radiation as the seven-story atrium allows in an abundant amount of natural light in the reaming areas. There is an ample amount of parking space as well as a separate power substation built on the premises. More than 300 strategically placed CCTV cameras and a food court are also features of this unique, state of the art library.

Some of the highlights in the short history of the library include the visit of U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011. She made a speech at the venue and lauded its maintenance and infrastructure. In 2010, the library placed an order for more than 30,000 books collectively worth 1.37 million Euros resulting in the biggest sale in the history of the Cambridge University Press. The library then purchased a million Euros worth of scientific books from the world’s largest publisher of books, Springer.

The ground floor of the library contains the ‘Own Book Reading’ section and the ‘Braille section’. The former is a novel idea; a serene and cool area, filled with comfortable furniture, where readers can bring their own laptops and research material to study. The Braille section is filled with a vast number of e-books, audio books and printed Braille books for the visually impaired.

The first floor of the library is divided into A and B wings. The A wing is for periodicals, where newspapers, magazines and journals written in different language are all kept. The library subscribes to over 500 Indian and foreign magazines. There’s a special section for magazines which focus on woman-related issues. The B wing is the Children’s Section and hold over 60,000 thousand books that cover a vast array of topics, in different languages. More than 2000 CD’s and DVD’s are also available to the children who access this.

The second floor is dedicated to books in the Tamil language. Almost every book published in this language and available in print is present in the library. Over a hundred thousand books in the form of poems, novels letters and essays amongst others are available to those interested in reading in the local language.

The third floor till the seventh floor is occupied by over 400,000 books written in English from all the leading publishers across the world. These contain an incredible variety of topics such as Philosophy, Folklore, Applied Science, Political Science, Home and Family Management and numerous others. There’s even a special section for biographies. Finally, the eight floor is where the administrative office lies.

The Anna Centenary Library Information

  • Their collection of children’s books is especially marvelous.
  • A large percentage of the books are academic in nature rather than easy reading fiction.
  • Visit the snack bar!

The Anna Centenary Library Opening and Closing Hours

  • Own Book section is open between 8:0am to 9:00pm.

How To reach The Anna Centenary Library by Public Transport

  • Taxis and auto rickshaws available.
  • A bus to a nearby location, Anna University,is available.
  • Be sure to ask local travelers or the bus conductor for more specific details.

Restaurants Near The Anna Centenary Library

  • Shree Gokulam Cafe (Cafe/ N/A)
  • La Boulangerie (Sweet and savoury snacks/ N/A)
  • ShubhaMangala (South Indian/ Rs. 350 for two)

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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.,

  • A great place to pursue any intellectual learning aided by a host of great books provided in a student-friendly environment! In addition to that, this is one of the only libraries in Chennai to provide ample space, a dedicated section to own book reading which gives students the learning space that they need.

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