Whether you want to find a cosy space where your kids can curl up and read, or the convenience of having books delivered home, or stories and audio books on your tablet, there’s options aplenty to help foster a new generation of bookworms from these lending libraries.

Reader’s Vote: Kutoohala

LBB’s Loving: Hippocampus

Chooku Booku

Chooku Booku

Chooku Booku

First and foremost a storytelling centre run by former journalist Chetana Belegere, Chooku Booku also houses an extensive collection of picture and chapter books. Don’t miss their events themed around stories (think bear hunts, space adventures and tigers coming to tea), which are helpful for reluctant readers.

Where: 85, 3rd Main, Tata Silk Farm, KR Road, Behind Garadi Apartments

Contact: +91 9916745431

Price: INR 1,200 upwards for three months {approx.}

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Discover Kids

Running for the last ten years, the Discover Kids collection is particularly strong on picture books. You need to drop by to exchange your choices, but books can be renewed via the web. Puzzles, DVDs and games can also be rented.

Where: 27th, 18th cross, 9th Main, Sector 7, HSR Layout

Contact: +91 9880650266

Price: INR 350 upwards per month, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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Easy Library

If you’re searching for a particular title, Easy Library’s entire collection is online, and home delivery is also an option. It’s not just kid’s books, so mix and match some choices for yourself, including magazines.

Where: 232/C, First Floor, 2nd Main, 7th Cross, ST Bed Layout, Koramangala and 521, 1st Main, Corporation Bank Road, Ideal Homes 2nd Phase, Rajarajeshwari Nagar

Contact: +91 9538752230

Price: INR 300 upwards per month, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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Hippocampus

17,000 books over two floors, a carrom board corner, and activities every Saturday morning – plus the promise that it’s not a library for whispering in! Bibliotherapy (recommending books to help children with new life experiences) has been introduced recently, and there’s also an outdoor area complete with mango tree, a fish pond and a sand pit.

Where: 525, 16th Main Rd, 3 Block, Koramangala

Contact: +91 080 25630206

Price: INR 1,850 upwards for six months, plus registration {approx.}

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I-cue

Ever struggled to pick out the right book? With I-cue’s themed ‘book kits’ which bring together age-appropriate fiction, non-fiction and poetry for kids, you don’t even have to worry about choosing. A bag of five books will be delivered to your door at regular intervals, depending on the plan that you select.

Contact: +91 9886630888

Price: INR 199 upwards per month, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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Just Books

Keeping in mind that there are now over thirty city branches, Just Books is literally everyone’s neighbourhood library, and they even provide home delivery. The collection is stronger for middle and teen readers than for picture books and board books, though.

Contact: +91 080 42515000

Price: INR 2,880 upwards per year, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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Kutoohala

Kutoohala

Kutoohala

What started off as a bookshop recently also became a library. The entire collection has been hand-selected by educators for the zero to nine age group, and there’s a good balance of Indian and international titles. Parents cite the online catalogue and regular sessions on how to encourage a love of reading as the biggest draws.

Where: 1/1, First Floor, Ratnavilas Road, Basavangudi

Contact: +91 080 69999450

Price: INR 350 upwards per month, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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Kids Kouch

The Marathalli branch of this kid’s furniture brand has a 12,000 book strong library, with everything from board books and picture books to a reference section for school projects and a dedicated foreign language corner.

Where: No. 7, 35/1B, CRM Soubhgya Complex, Varthur Main Road, Marathahalli

Contact: +91 080 28524400

Price: INR 900 upwards for three months, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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KydzAdda

Kydzadda

Kydzadda

As well as being a soft play and activity centre, KydzAdda has a library of around 1,000 books, with titles for kids up to the age of ten. Visit with tiny tots, as the dedicated toddler section with ‘touch and feel’ books is the highlight.

Where: 2nd Floor, 980, 13th Cross, Banashankari, 2nd Stage

Contact: +91 080 26715959

Price: INR 500 upwards for three months, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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My Little Chatterbox

My Little Chatterbox

My Little Chatterbox

The motto of the MLC Reading Room is ‘we help you raise readers’ – through a collection of books in Hindi and English, as well as via Saturday ‘book club’ events, which library members can attend at a discounted rate.

Where: #165/A First Floor, ‘Shashi’, 6th Main, J P Nagar 3rd Phase

Contact: +91 9964495522

Price: INR 1,050 upwards for three months, plus registration and deposit {approx.}

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Story Truck

Take the digital route with Story Truck, which is strong on books with an Indian connect, with folk tales, mythology and almost the entire back catalogue of Chennai-based publisher Tulika books. Multiple Indian languages, audio books and bilingual books are available.

Price: INR 599 per year {approx.}

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