Bookworms, You Can Read For Hours At These Libraries In Pune

    Any good book lover knows that reading a book is like living it. Here are a handful of libraries in Pune, to help you unleash your imagination.

    JustBooks CLC


    Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune

    JustBooks tout themselves as ‘India’s largest community library chain’ {CLC}. With 12 locations across Pune, they offer a handful of membership plans for every reader. In addition, you can sign up to be a member online, and have your books delivered and collected at your door. From English to Norwegian, periodicals to magazines, Tinkle Digest to Jamie Oliver, Agatha Christie to Oscar Wilde – and everything in between; you’ll be spoilt for choice!

    Membership Fee: Between INR. 300 – INR. 360 per month, or INR. 999 for 3 months {depending on the membership plan} + a registration fee and refundable security deposit.

    Phoenix Library

    Estd. in 1959 by book-lover JN Ponda, Phoenix Library is famous for the way they present their books. Inside the cover of every book are attached magazine and newspaper clippings relating to the author, subject, or title of the book, that Mr. Ponda himself has collected over the years. Fiction, biographies, science, general knowledge, travel, wildlife, humour, cooking, are just a few of the genres covered at Phoenix Library. For the ultra-nerdy, they even have back-issues of National Geographic and LIFE Magazine! The unique library is also featured in the Limca Book of Records under ‘Only Library with Clippings in Books’.

    Bookaholic Library

    Started by a retired couple from Mangalore – Bookaholic Library aims to encourage reading habits for people of all ages. Mr. Fernandes, the owner, says that profit is not the motive, it's just a love for books, which he also aims to inculcate. Nestled in the heart of busy Kalyani Nagar, Bookaholic Library stocks all types of genres from romance to motivational, fiction, business, biographies, comics, magazines et al. The space isn’t big enough to sit around and read, but there’s no limit on how many books you can borrow at a time. For a reasonable membership fee per month, it sounds like a superb deal to us!

    Membership: INR 200 monthly and INR 300 deposit refundable

    Books Meridian

    Read unlimited books every month with their plans. Based in Aundh, opposite DAV School, you can login on their website by registering and paying according to the one you choose from their flexible plans and you will be open to read more than 18000 books and 115 magazines. Schedule your delivery and return according to your convenience and add up to 10 books to your account. Add a book to your future wishlist and they’ll make sure you have it. So register and start reading! And yes, you don’t have to wait for the next set. Get the new one the time you return the old one!

    Pagdandi Bookstore Cafe

    This café is located on the Baner-Pashan Link Road and has been a comfort zone for bibliophiles in Pune. The ambiance is warm, cozy and inviting, & the walls are covered by book shelves (best décor idea ever!) This café doubles up as a library, and one can donate books too. So now you can enjoy some chai and pakoras while reading a book on a comfortable sofa. They have newsletters, books and magazines across genres and authors. They have a special series called A Bag and a Book which explores places and writes about them, truly a must read!

    Library Mantra

    Library Mantra

    Sahakara Nagar, Bangalore

    In Sahakar Nagar, Aranyeshwar, this library has a plan of unlimited books at just INR 250 per month. With free and fast delivers at your doorstep, it just makes the process more simplified and convenient. With no delay penalties, you can now read at your own convenience. From kids and teens collections, renowned authors and magazines, they are a galaxy of more than 9425 books and over 4000 authors. With over ten genres, check their website to keep a tab on their latest added collection and featured books of the day. 

    A.R.S Inamdar Public Library

    Inamdar public library: Situated at Azam Campus, Deccan Muslim Institute’s 102-year-old A.R.S. Inamdar Public Library is perhaps one of India’s oldest reading rooms, housing over 40,000 books, including rare ancient scriptures, across various languages and genres. The best part about Inamdar Library is their subscription policy. Pay only INR 1,500 and get a membership of a lifetime! You can borrow two books within a span of 15 days. You can also sit in the library between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm and study in peace. If you’re a student of Azam Campus, you can get a membership of three months for INR 465.

    British Council

    One of the city's most renowned and oldest libraries, British Council Library has served bibliophiles since forever. Boasting more than 16,000 comics, 6,000 magazines and graphic novels, the library charges a mere INR 1800 per year (INR 150 per month). There are several subscription plans to choose from. The library, which has shifted to Shivaji Nagar from Fergusson College Road is frequented by people from all walks of life, especially the youngsters.