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“Asia's biggest Library”

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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Asia's biggest Library”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

It is the biggest library in Asia and a proud for Chennaites and Indians.

A collection huge and rare piece of books and materials available.

A must place to visit for book lovers and one and all

Visited January 2013
10 Thank Qamardeen
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62 reviews
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

A grand library with lots of books. The area itself shows how big is this one. Good ambience and quiet atmosphere for the readers and one can definitely pay a visit to this place.

Visited April 2013
Thank Neelendu
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Chennai (Madras), India
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“25 years of "How to Name it"”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Though have heard a lot about it. Had opportunity only to make it for celebrating 25th year of "How to name it" album by Raja Sir. The place is awesome, it was out of place and I couldnt believe I was in Chennai. Spectacular parking facility along with other amenities. Library is of international standard.

Visited May 2012
5 Thank BalajiRajRanganathan
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Thanjavur, India
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“Gates of hundreds of prisons closed when a single library is opened...”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Kudos to Mr. Thangam Thennarsu, the former Education Minister of Tamil Nadu who is the master mind and brain behind this construction of Library. Even a person who dislikes to read books will be tempted to go to the library daily. Mana kottam therkkum Noolkal nirambi vazhikinrana.. One of the best achievements of the former minister Thangam Thennarasu. Alas...it is not at all properly maintained now and used for meetings and marriages, because of political animosity

Visited April 2013
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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“Great place”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is a huuuuge place, and no wonder is the largest library is South Asia. Since my college is extremely close (on the same road), I tend to go there often. Either to read novels or refer subject matter. Each floor is huge and has two wings, A and B, which are interconnected in some floors.

The whole place is carpeted and extremely silent (exactly how a library ought to be) and the books are arranged in a methodical manner which is easy to access. The tables and couches are very nice and the overall ambience is fantastic. Quite an International set up.

It has a few downsides though.
We cannot get our laptops our study materials inside and sit and refer at every floor. It is allowed only on the 'own books' section. We cannot borrow/return books (yet!).
Only two out of the 4 lifts are operational and sometime they close down one of that too. So we may have to wait for a while in whichever floor we're at. Also there's only one pair of escalators going from the ground to the first floor and back.

They now have opened a French Loaf kiosk which takes care of any temporary hunger while inside the place.

Overall, a world-class experience every time I visit!

Visited January 2013
5 Thank AahirGiri
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