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The Anna Centenary Library

Address: Kotturpuram, Chennai (Madras), India
Phone Number: 044 22209999
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Adding another feather to its intellectual cap, Chennai is now home to South Asia’s largest...
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Type: Libraries, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Adding another feather to its intellectual cap, Chennai is now home to South Asia’s largest library. So if you are a book lover and need a break from the city’s commotion, this is the place for you. The Anna Centenary Library is an eight-story structure that has recently added to the city’s growing modern landscape in the Kotturpuram area. A Braille section, children’s corner, replica of the "Tree of Knowledge," an auditorium and an amphitheater make quite an impression on visitors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

they don't allow you to take books out! Otherwise, a great place to (quietly) hang out with your book-loving pals or family member. Good choice for scholars and students looking for references for their research...

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

One has to visit this library atleast once if you are a local. I don't the value it holds for tourists. It's a big airconditioned library(more like an IT office). The sad thing is the present state government is neglecting on maintanence and money allotted.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

A brilliant initiative by the Government. A wide collection of books on offer for everyone. Well connected by road.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

It was billed as the best library in India. When it was first built, and inaugurated, in 2010, it had a collection of books and journals that rivaled the best in the country. Rooms were also being built on another wing of the library for scholars to stay and work as long as they wanted. It's now being atrophied because... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

the library is owned by government and is open for public, its huge and has almost all the books.its located near adyar..easy access and was really helpull

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A must visit for any tourist or local resident. This is the biggest and the most modern library in the whole of Asia. Having rarest of book collection. It has the state of the art electronic documentation, archiving and library cataloging. Well connected with most International libraries.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

It is located in Kotturpuram and really a big library. Built at a cost of INR172 crores. It was built on 15 September 2010. Visit the link for more info. http://www.annacentenarylibrary.blogspot.in/

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is one of the most modern library of India and it has the standards of International Library. Once we enter the library it gives a feel that we are in some western country. The arrangement of books also as per international standards. It is paining to know that present government is not patronizing this library and trying to convert... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I recommend this haven to all. One sprawling complex; magnificent library with a mind-blowing selection of books in every category! Seven floor building. the top most floor has lovely views (glass windows all over) of the city. Catch the sunset one evening and settle in with a book by the glass window : ) With the gorgeous view outside and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Anna Centenary Library (ACL) is an established state library of the Government of Tamil Nadu. It is located at Kotturpuram, Chennai. Built at a cost of INR172 crores (INR1,720 million), it is the one of the largest libraries in Asia.[1][2] It is named after a former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, C. N. Annadurai. The average number of persons... More 

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