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!

LBB’s loving 

Eloor Lending Library

Readers’ vote

Nool Library

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.

Where: Find a Just Books library near you here.

When: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-9pm

Contact: 18001022665 (toll free number)

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

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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.

Where: 8, First Floor, First Cross, Kaggadasapura, C V Raman Nagar

When: Wednesday-Monday, 9am-1pm and 3pm-9pm

Contact: +91 8951517171

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

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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.

Where: G-9, Blue Cross Chambers, Behind-Safina Plaza, Infantry Road

When: 10am-7pm

Contact: 080 42057280

Price: INR 800 upwards for membership fee

Check out their website here.

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 life membership with INR 100 that lets you borrow three books for 15 days.

Where: Jayanagar 3rd Block, South End Circle, Opposite Vivek Showroom

When: 8.30am-8pm

Contact: 080 26548829

Price: INR 100 for life membership

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 contemportary UK magazines and independent movie streaming. Now, that’s a deal you can’t turn down.

Where: Kasturba Cross Rd, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar

When: Tuesday-Sunday, 10.30am-6.30pm

Contact: 0120 4569000

Price: Yearly memberships start at INR 1,600

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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.

Where: 6, BP Wadia Road, Basavanagudi

When: Monday-Friday, 9am-7.30pm

Contact:  080 26678581

Price: Membership plans start at INR 1,100

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Featured image via: Purshi / Wikimedia


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