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You Can Only Call Yourself A True Reader If You Have Visited These Best Libraries In Delhi!

By Arushi Bhalla

Updated - May 16, 2019 4 min read

This is the digital era where we acquire all the information and knowledge online. We have even started reading books online but digitalization still can't compete with the feel of holding a book and reading in the silence of a library. We have curated a list of libraries in Delhi to quench your thirst for reading in a library. Happy reading!


1. The American Library

This library is a paradise for every book lover. You can also get membership of this paradise which includes borrowing six books, two back issues of periodical and two DVDs. To get access to this membership, you need to be above 16 and have photo identification. They also have free wifi, so make sure you don't end up scrolling through your Instagram feed instead of reading the precious books. Head to this place to experience one of the best libraries in Delhi. 


Price: Individual at INR 400/year, families at INR 500/year

Address: American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi


2. Delhi Public Library

When it comes to a number of books, this library is the riches library in Delhi. You name it, they have it;  from philosophy to medical science, this library has it all! To have access to their books you need to show that you are a resident of Delhi, so carry your proof of residency. This is one of the renowned libraries in Delhi. 


Price: Access is free of charge, membership at INR 20.

Address:  Block H, Near Sarojini Nagar Main Market, Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi



3. British Council Library India

This library is not for the general public, you need to be a member of this library to access the book and other facilities of the library. Not just books but you can have a subscription to the magazines and newspapers which might not be available in India. The membership of British council libraries also lets you attend all their seminars, workshops and events. You have different memberships to choose from so you can choose according to fees, borrowing rules, etc.


Price: Starts at INR 2,000

Address:  17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi


4. The Japan Foundation Library

Are you a Naruto or manga fan? If yes, then you will definitely fall in love with this library. This library has all the information and research books about Japan. The best thing about this library is that you can not only borrow books but multimedia tools as well. You need to be a resident of Delhi/NCR to get the membership of this library. This is one of the most interesting libraries in Delhi!


Price: INR 300/year

Address: 5-A, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar 4, New Delhi


5. The Central Secretariat Library

Every reader should visit this library as it has one of the largest collection of books and libraries. If books are not enough for you then this is just the right place for you as this library is not just restricted to books but it also contains encyclopedias and dictionaries. This is one of the few public libraries in Delhi. This is the perfect place to just sit and read any kind of book as they have it all. 


Address:  Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi


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6. Dyal Singh Public Library

This library is quite rich in books and they are quite versatile as they contain subject areas like literature, social sciences, and the liberal arts. Interestingly, this was initially established in Lahore. Keep yourself updated about the culture and current affairs by taking the subscription which includes 100 different magazines and 32 different newspapers. They have also got you covered with audio and video equipment.


Price: INR 500 onwards

Address:  Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Beside University Grants Commission, Mandi House


7. Sahitya Akademi Library

Sahitya Akademi Library has one of the largest collection of books on various topics which include English literature, literary criticism, translation studies and much more. Every reader should borrow and read books from this library as this is one of the best libraries in Delhi and the large collections let you explore all kind of books. You need to visit this library at least once because this is known to be one of the best libraries in Delhi.


Price: INR 2000/year

Address:  35, Rabindra Bhavan, Ferozeshah Road, Rabindra Nagar, Mandi House, New Delhi

Sit, read and research as much as you want at these libraries in Delhi!

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Q. Are there any 24-hour open libraries in Delhi?

A. Delhi Public Library near old Delhi Railway Station.


Q. Which is the largest library in Delhi?

A. Delhi Public library is known to be the largest library in Delhi.





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