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Address: Kotturpuram, Chennai (Madras), India
Phone Number: 044 22209999
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Adding another feather to its intellectual cap, Chennai is now home to...
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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Wonderful place for a bookworm like me. Just d avid collection of books was awesome not to mention d architecture; the lighting in d reading area. My daughters luvd d kids section... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Chennai (Madras), India
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

It is located near IIT and Anna university... Very calm and peace atmosphere will be there...those who wanted to more concentration can study here...books available less nimbers

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place for a bookworm like me. Just d avid collection of books was awesome not to mention d architecture; the lighting in d reading area. My daughters luvd d kids section with its digital library. Best place in chennai fr voracious readers. We lost ourselves DAT entire day

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Chennai (Madras), India
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I was simply surprised to visit this library which I consider world class, It is spread over a vast plot in Kotturpuram. Access and parking is no hassle. Admission is free and the staff appear friendly and helpful, thought they are conversant more with Tamil.The collections are spread over 7 stories. On my first visit I could check out only... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

One of the largest libraries in Asia. Seven floors full of books and books only. Anna centenary library is one of the important attractions in Chennai. This library contains books of almost all the areas. Good ambiance. And Very well maintained. This library also has a Braille section. Also, you can read your books at 'Own book reading section'(But, it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Lots of collections available and book lovers will feel very happy to go through. Located in main area near guindy engg college & IIT

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The best library you will ever see, in the entire India. Am not sure how it is overseas, but would certainly say that you could name any thing and you would get them seen there in this library, It has an electronic version of many a fragile books dating centuries, it has collections for all age groups, students and all... More 

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The best ever library i have seen in a long time is this one. the architectural brilliance and the ambience with good range of books make this library a must visit

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Any book that are looking for, anything that you cannot find, and everything that you wanted to know can be found here. Its books books books everywhere.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This library is said to be Asia's largest library but it is like a bungalow for a pet. The collection of books is good and worth visiting but the building and the hype of it being the largest library is not worth it. Those books could have been placed in 3 storeys and the rest of the space elegantly utilised.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The library is humongous, but doesn't have updated titles. The toilets are not at all maintained. Hope the government does enough funding to make proper use of the resources.

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Address: Address: Kotturpuram, Chennai (Madras), India
Phone Number: 044 22209999
Location: Asia  >  India  >  Tamil Nadu  >  Chennai (Madras)

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