The Anna Centenary Library

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The Anna Centenary Library, an eight-story building, is unquestionably the most extensive in South Asia. It is the ideal getaway for anyone who enjoys taking a break by merely reading a book in the serene setting of the library.


  • Explore the 3.75 million square foot footprint of the literary treasure:

If you love books, the Anna Centenary Library is a true delight.

The library is undoubtedly a terrific resource for satisfying your literary ambitions, even though it doesn't lend books. It has more than five lakh books on various topics (and counting).

In areas including architecture, design, engineering, medicine, history, geography, and environmental sciences, to name a few, the library has almost every type of academic and non-fiction book there is.

Additionally, they have a wide selection of books in languages like French, German, Spanish, and Italian. They also have a floor specifically for Tamil novels.

  • Plan a visit to the Anna Centenary Library if you've been looking for a spot in the city to bring your little child (or even your nephews and nieces):

They offer a wonderfully designed children's section with a reading area beneath an artificial tree. More than 75,000 books on various topics in both Indian and foreign languages are accessible to young kids from the ages of 4 and 14 to encourage reading habits. You may discover any book there, including Dr. Seuss and Amar Chitra Katha.

  • A component of the library is devoted to magazines and journals:

The Anna Centenary Library even offers IAS and IPS orientation programs, entertaining weekly sessions for kids, and book releases.

More than 6,000 printed books and 60,000 non-books items, including e-books and CDs, are available in the library. It is coupled with the library management system, which offers intelligent card capabilities, self-check devices, and RFID technology.

  • For people who are blind, there is a distinct high-tech area on the ground floor:

It has printed books, e-books, talking books, novels, stories, and Braille displays on various topics. Google groups mailing news articles, job alerts, and current content are available in this Braille section, providing DSpeech-based text-to-audio conversion services.

Screen reader software such as NVDA is employed, and the Braille Mithra digital reader is provided for reading in Braille format. The printer is also capable of printing in a variety of languages.

  • A dedicated book reading area is intended for patrons who enjoy chic furnishings and a tranquil reading environment:

Users can bring their books, educational materials, and laptops into the area. The personal reading users' before and after hours have been extended by one hour. Additionally, there are various books and journals in the competitive test part.

Exam alert services are provided to competitors in this section.

  • The library offers a canteen service to both its patrons and its personnel:

This facility can meet both groups' needs and hold up to 50 people simultaneously. It offers a kitchen and rooms that are both roomy and well-maintained. Various snacks, soft drinks, and meals are offered at discounted prices.

  • imageDuration Required
    2 hours

Address of The Anna Centenary Library

Kotturpuram, Chennai (Madras), India

Opening & Closing time of The Anna Centenary Library

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