We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Anna Centenary Library

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Kotturpuram, Chennai (Madras), India
Phone Number: 044 22209999
Website
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 167 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 99
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
"Modern Library"

Very modern building have a wonderful section for kids. Very big facility with lot of books, magazines and daily paper. One could spend time in the various section browsing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
AjithNinan
,
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Add Photo Write a Review

167 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 163: English reviews
Chennai (Madras), India
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is Government aided learning center.But not providing the useful access in net.Simply providing wiki information it not make sense. Even using chrome browser,accessing gmail have restriction. Then how to take notes. Always user must bring notes not necessary. I dont know as you will take steps for this. If steps has been taken can appreciate.

Helpful?
Thank myspaceshalini
Chennai (Madras), India
Level Contributor
27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In fact, Anna Centenary Library is one among the landmarks for Chennai city. However, the library has not been utilised properly. The maintenance is found to be very poor and books are not available and in case the library is utilised by providing more books, it can become one among the best libraries in the world

Helpful?
Thank gausan51
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level Contributor
99 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very modern building have a wonderful section for kids. Very big facility with lot of books, magazines and daily paper. One could spend time in the various section browsing through the vast collection of books.

Helpful?
Thank AjithNinan
Chandigarh, India
Level Contributor
73 reviews
67 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Anna centenary library is the reader's paradise. This library is Asia's big and best managed library in Chennai. Books of every field are kept in a lovable manner, one must visit here.

Helpful?
Thank Karan002
Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
Level Contributor
35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This is Asia's biggest library. The collection of books is amazing. The government of Tamilnadu should concentrate to develop the facilities in this library

Helpful?
Thank praveenramanujam
Chennai (Madras), India
Level Contributor
41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The Anna Centenary Library MONTH OF VISIT : March 2016. LOCATION : On the Gandhi Mandapam road, Kotturpuram, large building easily identifiable. OPENING HOURS : 8 am to 9 pm everyday except Sunday. Parking available. THE "GOOD"s : -Huge library with collections in almost every subject and study, includes a BRAILLE library. -Also has a special section for children. -Centrally... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank VivekRN
Chennai (Madras), India
Level Contributor
11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

A big library with variety of books and all at the main city.. and the environment is also so neat...

Helpful?
Thank nahinsrivas
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

If you are avid book reader, just knock out the doors of this library a great collection of precious vaults which you would add to your thoughts. Absolute fantastic collection of books.

Helpful?
Thank Vinoth M
Chennai (Madras), India
Level Contributor
53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Blame the local government for completely ignoring this wonderful investment . It's still a good place with Other of books.

Helpful?
Thank SudhaGovi
Chennai (Madras), India
Level Contributor
32 reviews
24 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

Well built, all books available and the place is well maintained and located at the centre of city, with parking facilities

Helpful?
Thank helpothers2016

Travelers who viewed The Anna Centenary Library also viewed

Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
 
Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
 

Been to The Anna Centenary Library? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Anna Centenary Library and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
7 months ago
10 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from The Anna Centenary Library staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?