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“Impressive library, cheery children's area”

The Anna Centenary Library
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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.
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Pretty big library for Chennai, and perhaps India. One of my gripes is that you can't borrow anything. Can't say the people working at the library were uber-friendly, but they do their job. The children's section is impressive by Indian standards- there's even a section with Curious George and Dr. Seuss books. There's a fake tree in the middle of the children's area with turf under it- just for your visual entertainment only.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Built over a massive area of 3.75 lakh sq ft in Kotturpuram, Chennai. This library has been built to house 1.20 million books. The library having books on all major languages, besides providing access to few lakh ‘e-books’ and thousands of ‘e-journals’.


A “very special feature” of the this library is that it would straight away have a digital edge, being a partner of the World Digital Library. This will give it access to primary sources of knowledge of countries and cultures across the globe.

The library include a Braille section for the visually impaired, a captivating separate section for children’s books with a huge replica of the “Tree of Knowledge” rooted in its heart, a Hi tech auditorium is constructed inside this library.
Like: Staff courtesy and very good parking place
Dislike: no restaurant or eating joint is present. (Cafe is closed most of the time)

1  Thank Baskhar S
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Anna Centenary Library is one of the largest libraries in South Asia. Excellent ambience. It simply attracted me alot. It is the most important place to visit.

1  Thank Sathyadurai
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

As we are in the digital era, i was a bit bored by reading in mobiles and PCs. Recently i had a casual visit and found a peaceful and harmonic time. Found a lot of rare books and the experience is empowering. Though the collection of new books are less, its a wonder for Tamilnadu. Must visit.

6  Thank Qroam
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Anna Centenary Library is the largest Library in Tamilnadu which is situated in Kotturpuram in Chennai. It is awe inpiringly large which covers more than 8 acres of land. It holds an auditorium which has the capacity to hold more than 1200 people and amphitheater which can hold more than 800 people and conference halls. It has a dedicated children section and a special section for hearing impaired and blind children.

2  Thank rina_chhetri
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