The Anna Centenary LibraryCurrently Open [Closes at 08:00 pm]
- Address: Gandhi Mandapam Rd, Surya Nagar, Kottur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600085, India
- Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Phone: 044-65515031
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Library, Educational Site, Family And Kids
The Anna Centenary Library - Review
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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The Anna Centenary Library, Chennai Reviews
The best public library in Chennai I would say! Collection of a wide variety of books! 😁 A must visit for every book lover 😍 Better collections when compared to Connemara library. Has inbuilt canteen as well. Well maintained.
My Most favourite place in Chennai, Where you can spend your free time in valuable way. Here you can get more number of books in different Language with different Authors. #Kindly take your children once and explain them in brief. So they can improve there studying books from many authors. 🔖👍e
World class library and my live safer! This library have been very helpful by providing best engineering and life sciences books. Thank you #Anna centenary library.
This is one of the Asia's largest library, need I say more?! The place gives anyone a warm feeling and it's as if the books welcome you with open hands. The environment is well-lit, seating arrangements will suit everyone. Plus there is a book for everybody in this library, no one can deny that!
Seriously a peaceful place to study. With high class interiors. Only issue is poor toilet maintenance. 😅
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