A Book Lover's Guide To 7 Lovely Lending Libraries In Chennai

Anna posted on 18 January

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. And Chennai has no shortage of libraries — public and otherwise — so there’s nothing stopping you from signing up! Most of these libraries have been around for years, and they cover everything from research books to text books and obviously a whole lot of fiction to transport you into another world! If you’ve always wanted a library membership, but never knew where to go, let us help you out.

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 the visit and they have a large collection of books, text books and a reference room. You can read more about the library here.


Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai

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Eloor Lending Library

First opened in Cochin in 1979, Eloor has branches in Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata and Trivandrum. While most government libraries cater to older books, newspapers and periodicals {much like the Connemara Public Library}, Eloor worked to cater to the other readers.

They have a large fiction section which includes new arrivals, classics, science fiction, romance and children’s books. They also have a great collection of non-fiction books, international and national magazines, cooking books, self-help, travel and pretty much everything that you could want in a library. You only have to spend INR 1,000 for your membership, which is then returned to you when you decide you don’t want to be a member anymore. Each time you borrow books, you pay a borrowing fee and that’s it.


Mandira Apartments, A-3 & 4, 23, North Boag Road, Drivers Colony, Thyagaraya Nagar, Chennai

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Easwari Lending Library

A Chennai-based lending library, Easwari was established in 1955 on Lloyd’s Road before expanding and opening more branches all over the city. Much like Eloor, they have a vast collection of books covering all genres including Indian fiction, Philosophy, Religion and even regional language books.

They have two membership plans which are enticing enough to sign up today. And what makes Easwari even more unique is that they deliver books right to your doorstep! So, sign up for plan number two and you can avail of exciting deals where your books are brought to you every month at a minimum cost.


Old 250, New 292, Avvai Shanmugam Salai, Gopalapuram, Chennai

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Anna Centenary Library

It is almost impossible to miss this library when in the neighbourhood and the size alone will draw your attention! Inaugurated in September 2010 on the birthday of former Chief Minister Dr. C N Annadurai – which is also how the library got its name. It is definitely one of the largest libraries in the state {it covers 3.75 lakh square feet} and has eight floors filled to the brim with books from academic to regional language books. The Anna Centenary Library also has a Braille section, a conference hall, an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheatre.


Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kottur Gardens, Surya Nagar, Kotturpuram, Chennai

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British Council Library

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 {INR 1,400 for a year}.

Classes & Workshops

737, Mount Road, Anna Salai, Chennai

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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 text books and guides for engineering students. And 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, which is something that is special to Rajeswari Library.


45-B, Kolapillai Street, Near Chrompet Cultural Academy, Chrompet, Chennai

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Little Love Library

Much loved by the residents of the city, it 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. The library also hosts book clubs and other events as well, and you can visit their Facebook page for regular updates.


54-C, 3rd Street, River View Colony, Block AG, Anna Nagar, Chennai

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You can adopt a book and fund its restoration at the The Madras Literary Society library. To know more go here.