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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, Traveler Resources
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, Traveler Resources
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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Aurangabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

It is located at Kotturpuram, Chennai.Considered to be on of the biggest library in India & in Asia.This library has a huge collection of Books & also contain books for children. Excellent place for Book Lovers.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The Anna Centenary Library is an established state library of the Government of Tamil Nadu. It is located at Kotturpuram, Chennai. it is the one of the largest libraries in Asia It is named after a former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, C. N. Annadurai.the no of walk in is very huge croud it is helps a lot of people... More 

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chennai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is one of the biggest library in asia.During 2010 in memory of late annadurai and in memory of his 100th birth day the library was established at kottutpuram near adyar.The magnificiant library was constructed at a cost of about 170 crores with 8 floors with all latest facilities.This has been adjudged as the best no 1 library in asia.This... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Had been to the children's section of the Anna Centenary Library. The library houses an extensive collection of children's books in a serene and spacious setting. The access is free and the parking facilities were good. There is a small outlet of French Loaf for refreshments. I was asked to not take my small hand bag but found people in... More 

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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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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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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Chennai (Madras), India
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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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