1. National Library of India, 2. Asiatic Society of Mumbai, 3. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, 4. Delhi Public Library, 5. Parliament Library of India. When it comes to the best libraries, most people only think of big countries like England, America, and even Singapore. But India actually has lots of beautiful and informative libraries to be proud of as well! Refer to this Toplist for the best libraries in India.
- National Library of India
- Asiatic Society of Mumbai
- Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
- Delhi Public Library
- Parliament Library of India
National Library of India
The National Library of India is the matriarch of all Indian libraries. This library of authorized public records is the largest in India, with a collection of about 2,2 million volumes. The National Library’s materials are difficult to classify due to its 86000 maps, 3200 manuscripts, and forty-five kilometers of shelf space. It is a terrific site for public documents and colonial documents study, and an excellent destination for practically all types of research. Accessing all of these materials might be a little challenging, and you will need to traverse a very complex bureaucracy, but that’s part of the fun!
To get entrance to the Bhasha Bhavan (the main reading rooms), you must submit an online form to obtain a Reader’s Pass, which must then be certified by a Gazetted Officer. Passes are only provided between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m – and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. -Monday through Friday. The National Library of India is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ratings: 4.5 stars (from 1149 reviews)
Address: Alipore, Kolkata
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Asiatic Society of Mumbai
The Asiatic Society of Mumbai, established in 1805 as a repository of information about Indian governments and citizens, is among the oldest libraries in India. About fifteen thousand (out of its approximately one hundred thousand volumes) are rare, valuable, or antique, tailored for readers who aim to learn more about history.
There are a variety of membership choices available, and applications are evaluated by a panel based on “persistent interest in the Society’s purposes and objectives.” The library lets you browse freely, but only members may borrow its books. Note that non-Indians will have restricted membership eligibility.
Ratings: 4.5 stars (from 899 reviews)
Address: Shahid Bhagat Singh
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
If you want to experience an old-fashioned, wood-paneled, and dusty-book library, then you should visit the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library – one of the best libraries in India. Including photographs, newspapers, and books, this library/museum has some of the most significant information on Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and the independence struggle. It has also been praised for having the largest collection of Ph.D. dissertations, papers, and journals of any social sciences library. Numerous distinguished scholars, such as Ramachandra Guha, have used the library’s vast contents.
Even better, the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is also engaged in a massive digitization initiative, allowing members to access vast volumes of unique literary content with the stroke of a mouse.
The library is exclusively accessible to “credible researchers” who pay a membership fee of 500 INR each year (However, what constitutes a “legitimate researcher” is variable!) This membership gives you the ability to borrow library books, which, given the rarity of that collection, is a remarkable opportunity. To become a member, you must physically drop by the library and talk with a librarian any time between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sunday through Friday, or between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
Ratings: 4.5 stars (from 496 reviews)
Delhi Public Library
The Delhi Public Library is one of the best libraries in India. Its collection of over 1,600,000 volumes is one of the most coveted in the subcontinent. Indeed, this library is notably renowned for its extensive collection of early Indian writings and law, entailing a vast scope. You may also access books in a variety of languages, including Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit, as if the sheer amount of volumes weren’t enough to pique your interest! Additionally, there is even an extra Braille sub-library. If you want to learn an Indian language in order to read these writings in their initial form, you may see their online guide to learning Hindi.
To be a full member of the Delhi Public Library, you must submit evidence of residence in Delhi. Another way is to become a temporary member for six months by supplying a passport or student ID from your institution, as well as a security deposit of Rs 1,000. Complete their enrollment form and send it to the library to become a member. You must be a subscriber/member to borrow a book, though non-members are still allowed to browse.
Now is the time to find your nearest Delhi Public Library branch! They have varying hours of operation, but often close between 6 and 7 p.m.
Ratings: 4.2 stars (from 446 reviews)
Address: Kaccha Bagh Area, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Marg
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Parliament Library of India
The Parliament Library of India is the ideal location to do research on Indian politics and state affairs. Its Acts and Bills (and Gazettes and Debates) sections contain acts, ordinances, and rules from both the central and state governments, joint parliamentary committee reports, and public debate from the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, and state legislatures. There are also acts and parliamentary documents from a number of foreign countries.
The Parliament Library of India also offers a vast array of books and journals in India’s local languages, including almost all official languages in India. The library’s tower, which was designed by the well-known Indian engineer Raj Rewal, merits a visit on its own.
If you are not a member of the parliament, an approved member of the press gallery, or an Indian state official, then you must submit an application to access the archive as a ” bona fide research researcher.” You may do this study either as an Indian scholar or a foreign one. In the latter case, you only need to arrange a statement from your institution and embassies or high command in advance. In accordance with the norms of the Parliament Library, all information on how to register for a researcher pass – including the application form – is accessible.
Ratings: 4.5 stars (from 85 reviews)
Address: Rakab Ganj, Central Secretariat
Source: Raj Rewal Associates
Source: Manu Rewal