Libraries in Delhi or anywhere in the world have a romantic quality that has little to do with what you read. Here is a list of libraries in Delhi that you can access if you are fighting the digitalization of society or need some quiet time to finish a project. It would be almost majestic to read some of these, considering their historical significance. Whether or not you are a reader, you absolutely must visit these iconic libraries.
1) Delhi Public Library
● Your only requirement is to show proof of residence (voter ID, Ration card) to prove you are a resident of Delhi.
● Up to 16 lakh books are available free of charge in the library, including English, Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit.
● There are books on competitive examinations, law, philosophy, religion, medical science, engineering, literature and fiction.
● A borrower card will be issued after you sign up to be a member at INR 100.
● Price: Free of charge access. Membership costs INR 100.
● Timings: 10 am to 7:45 pm on all days except Sundays when it closes by 5 pm.
2) The American Library
● Whenever you need a quiet moment to yourself, the general public has free access to one of the best libraries in Delhi.
● As a member, you can borrow up to six books, two back issues of periodicals and two DVDs.
● You can also access library accounts online, create search lists, renew materials, and place hold requests for available items.
● Membership is open to anyone over the age of 16, and photo identification is required. As for borrowing, you can do so online, in person, or even request an interlibrary loan from another library in another state.
● There is also free Wi-Fi in the library.
● Members pay INR 400/year for individuals, INR 500/year for families, and INR 4,000/year for institutions.
● The hours are 11 am to 6 pm from Tuesday through Saturday.
4) British Council Library India
● You must enrol in the British Council Library to access its collection of online academic books and 14,000 online journals.
● It is one of the most-recommended libraries in Delhi. As a member, you are invited to workshops, seminars, and events. Members can choose from several plans, differing on validity, fees, borrowing rules and access.
● Starting at INR 2,200/year.
● You must book an appointment online before visiting the library or online!
● While booking an appointment, you can specify your preferred time.
5) India Habitat Centre – Habitat Library And Resource Centre
● Habitat’s library is only open to members. The staff is not very knowledgeable or equipped to guide you.
● In addition to newspaper subscriptions, the library offers Internet access, multimedia, videos, music, and books.
● If you are looking for a quiet place to work, head here, one of the quietest libraries in Delhi.
● Hours: 10 am to 8 pm, Monday to Saturday.
● We recommend that you pre-book your seats a day in advance, as there is a limit of 30 people allowed inside the HLRC in current circumstances.
6) BC Roy Children’s Reading Room And Library
● The library, founded by cartoonist Shankar Pillai, has a collection of 40,000 books, ranging from science to art to mythology (especially among children).
● The library is open to children between the ages of 5 and 18. If only we were kids again.
● Membership is free for children. Standard and special memberships are available, and members are issued ID cards for future use.
● It costs INR 700 for a special membership (INR 50 is a deposit).
● Timings: 9:30 am to 5 pm (all days).
It is a list of our favourite libraries in Delhi! Do not forget to check them out! Which ones do you recommend to us? Share below.