The Anna Centenary Library

Currently 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 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 Address: Gandhi Mandapam Rd, Surya Nagar, Kottur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600085, India
  • The Anna Centenary Library Contact Number: 044-65515031
  • The Anna Centenary Library Timing: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • The Anna Centenary Library Price: Free
  • Best time to visit The Anna Centenary Library(preferred time): 09:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The Anna Centenary Library: 01:30 Hrs
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  • 85.86% of people who visit Chennai include The Anna Centenary Library in their plan

  • 42.5% of people start their The Anna Centenary Library visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see The Anna Centenary Library

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The Anna Centenary Library, Chennai Reviews

  • Massive library in the heart of the city, but due to political difference Library is not maintained well. It needs oxygen in the terms of funds to refresh books and upkeep infrastructure. I understand there is a state of the art auditorium here but rarely used. I remember Hillary Clinton speaking here once, after that I haven't heard any high profile events. TN Government should do a lot to effectively leverage this massive infrastructure for the public good.

  • A good place to read. But lacks basic requirements such as hygienic toilets and also canteens have been stopped from 01/09/2018. Hoping the authorities take necessary actions The facilities such as "Garden" and "Amphitheatre" are just Exhibtory and not allowed to be used .

  • I think maintenance here is pretty bad. Toilets are useless. Foul smelling and wrecked. Also own book reading section should be expanded. I heard that there is a conference Hall or auditorium which lies unused. At least allow people there for self reading. Book collection needs to be improved.

  • Its really a good library in heart of city but due to politics not well maintained. It has huge collection of books but not enough for 8 floors massive library. It needs lot of improvements in terms of maintanence. I would love to read inside the pleasent atmosphere in nice comfortable chairs of library.this is one of biggest library in Asia please maintain its standard I request authorities and also increase size of own books reading will be more helpful for competitive exams preparations

  • Wow, wonderful, marvelous, mind boggling structure. Kudos late ex CM Kalagnar Karunanithi. Though I disapprove many of his deeds , this one, indeed great. Hats off to him.Great ambiance. Library lounge, fully air conditioned with lots and lots of books. Big car, bike parking area. Computer based checking availability of books. Great experience. I love to visit again

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