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The Anna Centenary Library

Kotturpuram, Chennai (Madras), India
044 22209999
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries
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... more » 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. « less
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The library has fully air conditioned building, lot of books and sections. The membership is , however, restricted to children's section. There is provision to sit and read.

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

Huge and Humongous brilliantly designed neat and clean library, Fabulous section for children and many floors for different different sections and age groups. Ample car parking is available and very easily accessible from all parts of Chennai, Located very close to Anna university and IIT Madras. Greenery is maintained all round the building which adds to the beauty. Canteen is... More

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Coimbatore, India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I recently visited Anna Centenary Library.It is located near kottu puram.The library is very large.It has 8 floors all containing different geners of book.Membership availability is still not there.Anyone can come and read books and can use laptop too inside library.We have French loaf canteen in the down stairs where we can have a hot cup of coffee.Really enjoyed reading... More

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Mumbai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

You can't become a member and borrow books but you walk in any day (including Sunday), pick up the book you want to read and read it in a peaceful, temperature controlled environment (outside it's scorching hot!). It's rarely overcrowded (unlike the rest of the city) and the collection is awesome...I have frequented the physical sciences section and I have... More

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Bangalore, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

we could visit this place on the last day of our chennai visit. and just as i saw the library from a distance i was completely taken by surpise that such a good library is a must in every city,,,,y not in my city. it is centrally located and a must visit for all book lovers. but for tourists take... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Haven't set my eyes on a better library yet. This library is especially useful for students in the city. There is a "bring your own book", reading place for students. And the building was specifically designed to allow maximum light into it which creates a perfect place to read. Make good use of it.

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Kozhikode, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A very good place for those who seek continued improvement,. for all sorts of profession. a well maintained and a large collection of books available.

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Visit , the Centenary Library, each floor different type of subjects ..from medicines to astrology to astronomy ..to literature and what not ...if you are lost where to find what just go to the computer keot in the entrance of each floor ..type the autors name and the book you are looking for ...you know where you can find it... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have never need to a library like this within India. Best of its kind. Hope it remains like this for ever.

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Chennai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

It is one of the biggest collection & biggest library with huge collection of all kinds of books. It is located now in a new building in one of the prime area of Chennai making it easier to access.

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