Check Out A Book Lover's Guide To The Best Lending Libraries In Chennai


    While most people don’t have a lot of time between work and life to read regularly, having a library membership will get you back in the habit. Chennai has no shortage of libraries — public and otherwise — so nothing stopping you from signing up! Most of these libraries have been around for years, and they cover everything from research books to textbooks and a whole lot of fiction to transport you into another world! Check out the best lending libraries in Chennai and get your a membership to read the book of your dream.

    Connemara Public Library

    As one of the four National Depository Libraries in the country, the Connemara Public Library receives a copy of every book, newspaper, and periodicals that are published in the country. It’s also one of the oldest libraries having been established in 1896! The building itself is worth a visit, offering a large collection of books, textbooks and a reference room. 

    Easwari Lending Library

    A Chennai-based lending library, Easwari was established in 1955 on Lloyd’s Road before expanding and opening more branches across the city. They have a vast collection of books covering all genres including Indian fiction, Philosophy, Religion and even regional language books. What makes it even more unique is that they deliver books right to your doorstep! They even have membership plans where you can avail to exciting deals and have your books brought to you every month at a minimum cost. 

    British Council Library

    British Council

    Anna Salai, Chennai

    Part of the British Council, this library is only open to members. But their collection is quite impressive anyway. Members have access to lots of British content, including books, films, e-books, magazines and much more. The library also hosts events quite regularly, which can be attended by their members – film screenings, book clubs and book launches, to name a few. They have different membership plans, including one for students and those who only wish to use their online catalogue.

    Rajeswari Lending Library

    A young library, having started in 2013, this lending library is located in Chromepet. Like most lending libraries, they have both fiction and non-fiction, as well as books for children, a comics collection, magazines and regional language books. They also have college books as well as textbooks and guides for engineering students. If they don’t have the book you’re looking for, make a request, and they will do their best to locate it for you.

    Little Love Library

    Much loved by the residents of the city, Little Love Library was started by Swetha Mohan because of her passion for books and a need to introduce more people to books. The small and comfortable library has everything you could ever want and Swetha is often on hand to help you choose what books you’re looking for. She has everything from thrillers to non-fiction and young adult to comic books, so if you have a certain book in mind, you can be sure that Swetha will have it on her shelves. You can avail a lifetime membership for a deposit of INR 850 with which you can borrow any number of books per visit.

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