Ditch The Kindle: Get Reading At These Old School Libraries In Town Instead

Roshni posted on 21 January

There’s certainly something special about libraries – the neatly stacked bookshelves, the welcome silence that lets you lose yourself in a book and the best part, being able to take your favourite books home (although we aren’t too fond of due dates)! If the thought makes you want to visit a library right away, we have picked out some of the best libraries in Bangalore for you to head to. Happy reading!


Just Books

A community library chain that is spread across 13 cities in the country, Just Books is your go-to option if you want to borrow books. From their basic plan that lets you borrow two books at a time to the Avid 10 plan with which you can borrow 10 books at a time, you have quite a few options to choose from. You can even get your favourite books delivered to your doorstep! With over 70,000 English books, across different genres, we think your book needs are sorted with this one.

Price: Membership plans start from INR 300 per month (excluding registration fee and refundable deposit)


972/1, Ground Floor, 13th cross, 16th Main, 2nd Stage, Banashankari, Bengaluru

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Nool Library

While they do offer the option of registering online, we suggest you head to their library at CV Raman Nagar. They have Basic, Standard and Premium plans (at really affordable rates too) which let you take one to three books at a time. You can also opt to customise your membership plan. Oh, and if you prefer flipping through magazines rather than poring over a book, they have special magazine plans as well.

Price: Membership plans start from INR 100 per month (excluding registration fee and refundable deposit)


8, 1st Floor, 1st Cross, CV Raman Nagar, Kaggadasapura, Bengaluru

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Eloor Lending Libraries

Having started with their first library in Ernakulam (Kerala), Eloor soon set up shop in different cities, including Bangalore (in 1988). Stocking enough to satisfy the bibliophiles in the city, the library has everything from fiction, biographies, business, self-help and sports to cookery and management. Sign up for a membership (the refundable deposit amount starts from INR 800) and you get to borrow books worth a proportional amount (INR 1,200 for the basic membership). You will also be charged a reading fee of 10 per cent of the cost of the books.

Price: INR 800 upwards for a membership fee


G-9, Blue Cross Chambers, Behind Safina Plaza, Infantry Road, Shivaji Nagar, Bengaluru

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City Central Library

While there are quite a few such public libraries throughout the city (divided into five different zones), the most preferred for readers seem to be the one in the South Zone (near Jayanagar 3rd Block). And, why not, when you have more than 50,000 books to pick from and enough space {think quiet surroundings, even a small park!} to read them in. What’s more, membership rates are a steal; you can get yourself a lifetime membership with INR 100 that lets you borrow three books for 15 days.

Price: INR 100 for lifetime membership


South Zone End Circle, Near Petrol Bunk, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru

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British Council Library

Apart from print books (covering everything from fiction and short stories to life sciences and graphic arts), DVDs and audiobooks, the British Council Library’s membership gives you unlimited online access to academic e-books, newspapers, 50 contemporary UK magazines and independent movie streaming. Now, that’s a deal you can’t turn down.


23, Prestige Takt, Kasturba Cross Road, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru

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Indian Institute of World Culture

With over 40,000 volumes and 400 periodicals, the library at this public institution holds rare and old books as well. A favourite of many who are interested in varied topics like philosophy, literature, history, travel writing and written works on arts and music, this place also has a selection of Kannada titles. Their basic membership plan lets you borrow a book and two magazines which have to be returned within 15 days.

Price: Membership plans start at INR 1,100

Cultural Centres

6, BP Wadia Road, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru

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Gupta Circulating Library

The quaint, little Gupta Circulating Library, on Malleswaram’s Sampige Road, is a charming haven for bibliophiles to spend hours scanning the shop for classics from five different languages and experience the warm, personal service extended by its owner, GRJ Gupta. He started this library when he was 12 and he’s catered to over three generations of Bangaloreans, but more on that here. Memberships to the library begin at a mere INR 200 and go up to 400 depending on the number of books you’d like to borrow in a month.

Price: Membership plans start at INR 200

Quills Lending Library

It’s located inside the parking lot of an apartment building and it houses four steel shelves filled with books ranging from academic to fiction and comics, and classics to children’s literature. The collection isn’t extensive and most might be in your collection, but there is gold to be found in the form of illustrated versions of classics such as Hamlet, Dr Jekyll & Hyde, and A Journey to the Centre of Earth, and old copies of Commando comics. The library is open just three days a week with Wednesday and Saturday timings being 6 pm to 8 pm and Sundays between 11 am and 2 pm. Apart from being a library, it also hosts workshops and classes. You can read more about Quill’s Lending Library here.

Price: INR 200 for an annual membership.


13, 3rd Cross, Nehru Nagar, Seshadripuram, Bengaluru

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Mythic Society

Just behind the 100-year old Daly Memorial Hall, is the Mythic Society’s equally old library that is a treasure trove of books — old and new. In fact, it houses over 40,000 books inside a sea of green aluminium bookshelves that include ones donated by Sir Hugh Daly, who was once the Resident of Mysore State and Chief Commissioner of Coorg, and after whom the building is named for. The Mysore Secretariat’s Library’s collection is also found here as it was transferred here in the early years. You can read all about that here. Unlike other libraries, you can’t check out a book and take it home, but rather you need to use it within the library.

Price: Free membership

Inputs: Sreepathy Paliath


14/1, Nrupathunga Road, Opp. Reserve Bank, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru

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