Reading is a wonderful experience, whether you’re re-reading an old favourite or diving headfirst into a brand new novel. With so many intriguing characters, high stake situations, and amazing settings, books are possibly one of the best ways to escape into unknown worlds, and where else can you find a lot of them other than a library?

These are our picks of the best libraries across the city you should definitely check out.

Delhi Public Library

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Image courtesy : Pixabay

The Delhi Public Library has quite a few branches around the city, including a Braille library, making the joy of reading accessible to most of the population. One of their larger branches is in Sarojini Nagar, with two large rooms for reference books, one for books that you can borrow, and even a separate area for kids.

Though their English literature collection is not that exhaustive, they have a huge assortment of material in regional languages, including Hindi.

Where: Delhi Public Library H. Block, Sarojini Nagar

Nearest Metro Station: INA

Timings: 10am – 6.45pm, Mon – Fri

Contact: 011 23962682, 011 23979297

Membership Details: Five-year membership for INR 20

For more information about their other centres, click here.

The American Library

If want to enjoy some alone time with free Wi-Fi {for members only}, The American Library is the perfect place for you. Most of their collection is by American authors, and they also host an enviable collection of movie DVDs you can either borrow or even use inside the premises. Additionally, the library also organises a wide range of events for their members, including movie screenings, art and craft workshops and book launches.

Where: American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg

Nearest Metro Station: Barakhamba Road

Timings: 11am – 6pm, Mon – Sat

Contact: 011 23472000

Membership Details: Annual membership for INR 400

For more information click here.

Sahitya Akademi Library

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Image courtesy : Telegraph India

Also known as the National Academy of Letters, this institution is known for promoting literature from India. A gold mine for people who are looking for works in Hindi and other regional languages, the Sahitya Akademi Library has a broad collection of books on various subjects, including literary criticism, gender studies and translation studies. With dedicated sections on Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore and Sri Aurobindo, this place is one for the history buffs out there.

Where: 35, Rabindra Bhavan, Ferozeshah Road

Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House

Timings: 9.30am – 6pm, Mon – Fri

Contact: 011 23386627

Membership Details: A deposit of INR 50 to be made for a temporary membership of 15 days

For more information click here.

Fatehpuri Library

Located within the Fatehpuri mosque complex, the Fatehpuri Library is a treasure trove of books, including a vast collection of material from the pre-Partition era. As these books are preserved historical artifacts, some of them can be only viewed through glass cases, but that just adds to the appeal.

#LBBTip: Even if the chances of physically getting to read the stuff here are slim, it’s worth a trip by the sheer virtue of its magnificent architecture and historical value.

Where: Katra Bariyan, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk

Nearest Metro Station: Chandini Chowk

Japan Foundation Library

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Image courtesy : Japan Foundation India

If you are a fan of manga, you shouldn’t be missing out on the Japan Foundation Library, owing to their large collection of manga from various acclaimed writers and artists. They have a lot of general reference material and research info related to Japan, too, including an audio-video library.

Where: 5A, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar

Nearest Metro Station: Lajpat Nagar

Timings: 9.30am – 5.30pm, Mon – Sat

Contact: 011 26442967

Membership Details: One-year membership for INR 300

For more information click here.

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