Best libraries in Delhi – Must visits for every Bibliophile!

Written by Guncha Khanna

For every book lover, a good library with varieties of books and a peaceful ambience is literally heaven. The real essence of libraries is getting lost with online reading and busy routines that we all have. We prefer going to malls rather than read a good book. This list is to remind all the Delhiites us that how lucky we are that we have such good libraries in Delhi that are easily accessible. So the next time you have a day off from work, choose one of these libraries and spend some quality time with your books. They need love and so do you!

  1. Delhi Public Library

Some of us have heard the name of this amazing library but do not know much about it. Delhi Public Library is a central library which has a lot of branches all across the state making it extremely accessible for almost everyone. One of its biggest branch is in Sarojini Nagar with a collection of thousands of academic, non-academic, regional languages and English books. Even though it is not as exhaustive for the English literature students but has an amazing selections of books and a separate kids section as well. You can get a membership for approximately Rs. 20-30 for a period of 5 years which is a plus.

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  1. The American Library

For people who love reading works of American novelists like Dan Brown, Mark Twain etc, this place is your paradise. It offers a wide range of books by American authors and CD’s and DVD’s that you can either watch at that very moment or issue as well. It provides free WiFi to the members with a bonus. The membership is for Rs. 400 for a year.

Address : American Center, 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg,Near Barakhamba Metro Station, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

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  1. Marwari Library

Most of us don’t know about this extremely good library in Chandni Chowk run by Marwari Education Foundation. Its almost like a hidden gem. It holds books on Hindi literature and rare early mid 20th century periodicals. It is nearly a century old and is definitely a must visit for all the bookworms out there.

Address : Shop No. 1457, Chandni Chowk Rd, Kucha Mahajan, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006

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  1. The Ghalib Institute

This one is a recommendation for all the Urdu and Persian literature fanatics. I don’t know how to read or understand Urdu, however the way it is written is pretty satisfying because it is beautiful. The collection here is broad within the field of Urdu letters. Entry and photography are unrestricted.

Address: Mata Sundari Lane, Aiwan-E-Ghalib Marg, Near Bal Bhavan, New Delhi, Delhi 110002

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  1. British Council Library

This library holds books of various genres, be it educational or cultural. Other than books it also has workshops for kids and adults. The vibe at the BCL is amazing and enthusiastic. There is nothing much to say about it, it is  well organized with a good seating arrangement and a decent array of books. The membership is a little pricey at Rs. 1600 for a year.

Address : Right opposite the American Library, Kasturba Gandhi Marg.

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  1. Delhi University Library System

A library which began in 1922 with a collection of mere 1380 gift books is now a central library with a wide array of academic books. Every DU knows that one book which is not available anywhere, will definitely be found here. It remains accessible between 8am and 8pm.

Address: Art Faculty, North Campus, University of Delhi

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  1. Sahitya Akademi

It holds post-independence literature in all Indian languages. It is well organized and easy to access with a wide array of literature in 24 languages. Even though you need to buy a membership to join the academy and access the library, however you are allowed to browse through it before you join to see if it interests you, hence a must visit. Also, it holds entire collections of many notable writers and critics. There is a whole separate section on the same.

Address: 35, Rabindra Bhavan, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

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These are just some of the many great libraries that Delhi holds. As you may have noticed, not only Hindi and English, so many libraries have so many other regional languages books to offer, it is so fascinating. We hope this list helped you. If you have any other libraries that you know of, do let us know in the comments section below.

Happy reading!

About the author

Guncha Khanna

Currently studying English literature at KMC,University of Delhi. Reading, writing and painting give me immense pleasure. And I hope to make people think, laugh and enjoy with my writing skills. Happy reading!

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