National Library

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: Belvedere Rd, Block A, Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700027, India
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +91-3324792968
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Library, Family And Kids

National Library - Review

Book lovers will definitely love to come here! This is one place where you can get all kind of books regardless of their genre and variety. Add its architecture and ambience to it, and you've got a perfect way to spend few hours splendidly. The library is nestled in an old colonial building and it also happens to be one of the largest museums in Kolkata. Come here to spend few hours reading about the heritage of India. If you are with family it is even better as children would get to learn a lot here. Not only this, the place is also close to other attractions like Alipore zoo and Taj Hotel which only adds to its charm.

National Library Information

  • Pets are not allowed.

National Library Opening and Closing Hours

  • Entry is free.

How To reach National Library by Public Transport

  • Bus AC-12D, S-45 to Kothari hospital, buses to Jali Gate.

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  • National Library Address: Belvedere Rd, Block A, Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700027, India
  • National Library Contact Number: +91-3324792968
  • National Library Timing: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • National Library Price: Free
  • Best time to visit National Library(preferred time): 12:00 pm - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit National Library: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting National Library

  • 12% of people who visit Kolkata include National Library in their plan

  • 53.24% of people start their National Library visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs 30 Minutes to see National Library

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Library

People normally club together South Park Street Cemetery and Mother House while planning their visit to National Library.

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  • Being a proud member of the National Library, I can certainly confirm that it is one of the finest libraries in the world. This is also the largest library in India and a melting pot of numerous academicians, students, teachers and learners. There is absolutely no fees required for using the reading room of the library and the membership card is generally valid for 3 years from the date of issue. I would strongly recommend this library for every knowledge seeker. Check out some of the photos shot by me, to better understand the ambience and culture of this spectacular heaven of knowledge. 😊

  • Great Library. ...The National Library of India is the county’s largest library and the library of public record. The library "operates under the national government’s Department of Culture and is designated to collect, disseminate, and preserve all printed material produced in India, and all foreign works published about the country—where ‘every work about India…can be seen and read’" (Murray, 2009). The National Library is a result of the merging of the public library with the Imperial Library—several government libraries. The National Library (1953), then the Imperial Library housed several foreign (British) and Indian titles and was open to the public. Of further note, the National Library of India collects book, periodicals, and titles in "virtually all the Indian languages, with Hindi, Kashmiri, Punjab, Sindhi, Telugu, and Urdu" maintaining the largest stacks (Murray, 2009). The Special Collections in the National Library of India house at least fifteen languages including "Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati…and Tamil with many rare works (Murray, 2009). The Hindi department has books that date back all the way to the nineteenth century and the first ever books printed in that language. The collections break down and consist of 86,000 maps and 3,200 manuscripts.

  • The national library has a good collection of books on each and every subject. It is a reservoir of knowledge. I wish the books were maintained in a much better manner. The lush green surroundings make the library more attractive. Yes the building needs maintenance. If one believes in the stories of ghosts, then one should visit this place. For there is a story of Warren Hastings still searching for his black box which contains his confidential papers.

  • The National Library of India is the county’s largest library.. The library "operates under the national government’s Department of Culture and is designated to collect, disseminate, and preserve all printed material produced in India, and all foreign works published about the country—where ‘every work about India…can be seen and read’" (Murray, 2009). The National Library is a result of the merging of the public library with the Imperial Library—several government libraries. The National Library (1953), then the Imperial Library housed several foreign (British) and Indian titles and was open to the public. Of further note, the National Library of India collects book, periodicals, and titles in "virtually all the Indian languages, with Hindi, Kashmiri, Punjab, Sindhi, Telugu, and Urdu" maintaining the largest stacks (Murray, 2009). The Special Collections in the National Library of India house at least fifteen languages including "Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati…and Tamil with many rare works (Murray, 2009). The Hindi department has books that date back all the way to the nineteenth century and the first ever books printed in that language. The collections break down and consist of 86,000 maps and 3,200 manuscripts. There are - Over 2,270,000 books - Over 86,000 maps - Over 3,200 manuscripts - Over 45 kilometers of shelf spaceReading rooms can accommodate - over 550 people

  • Awesome place for those who love peace The Library is located in a huge area Lots of buildings and greenary, grounds, flowers,statues etc...the reading room is very beautiful fully air conditioned...the guards are very helpful One can easily make library card.. Children library is also available just beside gate 5. Security guard is present at every gate. Card holders have to sign there with name,card no, date and timings...the reading room has lots of sections divided for different fields...one can find each and every type of books Beside that e- library is also available One can also use laptops by taking permission from the authority... Very heiginic place Canteen is also very good and one can get tasty food in cheap price... Moreover very awesome place for relaxation and peace...

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