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National Library
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

The Great National Libary is located near Alipore zoo. 3 minutes walking distance alipore Zoo, near Taj Bengal hotel avilable. Lot of books avilable here.
KOLKATA: National Library has always been reputed to haunted. Now, here is a really eerie secret.
There are three type of Member, the library provided library has separate reading rooms in all the four buildings. .Central Reference Library, Kolkata, in compiling the Indian National Bibliography.

Reading Rooms lots of Rule but three rule mentained here.
Please see the Rule.
1)The reading rooms are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all working days and from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays notified by the library. The reading rooms remain entirely closed on (i) Independence Day, (ii) Republic Day, (iii) Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday and other special holidays.
2) Admission to the reading rooms is free to all persons not less than 18 years of age and holding reading room membership card. Applicants shall produce evidence of age, if required.

Membership cards are issued on applying to the library on the prescribed form and on producing suitable reference. In the case of students, recommendations from the Principals or Professors of their colleges may be required. The library may, however, accept any recommendation if it considers proper.
Note: Membership cards will not be forwarded by post. Please see footnote

Local membership A limited number of books are lent out to readers under certain terms and conditions. To make use of this facility one has to become the member of the Lending division, applying on a prescribed lending form. Two books can be borrowed at a time for a period of 14 days, which can be extended for another 14 days either by phone, or by post or by personal visit. Membership of the Lending division is free, but the borrower has to deposit the amount equal to one and half time of the price of the book. A fine of 20 paisa is charged per book per day for late return. When the borrower wishes to cancel the membership, he/she gets back the money, through a cheque, without any deduction

2  Thank Tarakishore
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Unlike most libraries around the world this one (close to the Zoo) was closed when we visited on a Saturday, but you would not know it when you enter the grounds, there is no specific signage just a sign-in table and the usual security guy or two. We walked to it and admired the grounds, the building itself is in a poor state, one would hope the valuable books inside are in better condition.

Thank GiancarloG
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

National Library is the biggest Library in India having a huge collection of books of all languages. Book Lovers will definitely love it.

3  Thank AmitU007
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

The national library in Kolkata is situated at the majestic Belvedere estate on Belvedere road just opposite to the Alipore Zoo. It is the largest & oldest library of India. The entire estate area spans around 30 acres full of thick greenaries & well maintained parks. The mail building is around 150 yrs old. This marvellous architect of British era used to be the residence of the then Lt. General of Bengal. Currently the library is having a collection of over 2.2 millions of books in different regional languages covering almost every aspects & subjects possible. The new building on the south-estern side of the main building is named after eminent nobelist Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore. Though busy roads full of chaotic traffic are circling this majestic estate but as soon as you enter inside you can feel the silence & tranquility of the nature which automatically brings a peace of mind which keeps you totally engage in undisturbed reading in this temple of knowledge.....

Thank Rudranil R
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

National Library in Kolkata is the biggest as well as one of the oldest libraries in the country.

It is located near the Alipore Zoo

It was formerly the residence of Lieutenant Governor of Bengal.

What impressed us most in the library is the collection of over half a million rare and old documents besides the two million plus books available. Students find this place excellent support for their academic necessities.

The Library has multiple regional language divisions including books on different languages of the country. A large collection of books in Pali and Prakrit languages is the highlight of the Library. Second largest library in Asia, it also has a host of old manuscripts, original letters and notes by eminent personalities and also writings on palm leave.

3  Thank GrainVodka
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