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Mythic Society

locationSampangi Rama Nagar
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This Society's Library Houses Over 40,000 Books Including Rare Maps Of Bangalore

Sreepathy posted on 18 December

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Located near KR Circle, on Nrupathunga Road, is the majestic building of the 100-year-old Daly Memorial Hall that houses the Mythic Society. And just behind is the Society’s equally old library that is a treasure trove of books — old and new.

Being A Bookworm

When you have got yourself 40,000 odd books to read up on, it’s going to be hard to figure out where to begin. That was our problem as well. But luckily Assistant Librarian Mr Thyagaraju was there to help us out. Instead of having to get lost amidst the sea of green aluminium bookshelves that include books that have been 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 after as well. The Mysore Secretariat’s Library’s collection is also found here as it was transferred here in the early years.

After this tidbit of information and telling us that the library is 100 years old, Thyagaraju showed us around. The library is completely digitised but it was the old system of card catalogues that piqued our interest. Arranged according to authors and titles in alphabetical order, browsing through these cards are quite fun. Once you have picked your card, say Cicero which contains all of his works including the Letters To Atticus, hand the card over to Thyagaraju who will give you the book to study. You aren’t allowed to browse through the books in the cupboard {a mistake we did when we walked in first}, so just don’t go snooping around the books.

Taking Notes

There are plenty of tables and benches for you to park yourself and read up on the material. And, since it’s open from 10 am in the morning every day except Monday, you could make a field trip out of your visit. Now, while browsing through the catalogues, one thing was clear, this isn’t the library that you come to see if there’s the first edition of Harry Potter stacked away. But rather this is a place where you can find old maps of Bangalore, revenue reports of the Archaeology Department, manuscripts written in Sanskrit, The Works of Plato, old editions of the Mahabharatha {Vol. 1 to Vol. 13}, and several religious, philosophical, archaeological and economic books.

You will find an entire bookshelf filled with dictionaries that date back to the late 1800s, a whole lot of encyclopedias, a massive collection of historical books that talk about the origins of Karnataka that date from the time of Hoysalas {there’s about 4,000 odd books on that alone}. It’s really hard to pick out a distinct book and talk about it because spending an hour here like we did isn’t just enough. You really need to make a field trip and spend the whole day just going through these rather well-maintained books, catalogues, newspaper clippings, maps and manuscripts. Call us when you are going?

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Libraries

Mythic Society

Location Details
locationSampangi Rama Nagar

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

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Libraries

Mythic Society

locationSampangi Rama Nagar