As a new parent, you just can’t stop buying books. As books became an integral part of our day with a new book with every meal I realized that buying books is not really helping. I soon ran out of space. I would spend hours online and read through reviews and buy books every single day. Let me tell you it’s not sustainable. I was soon running short of space.
And that’s where book libraries come to play. The option of borrowing new books ensuring new reads every week and at the same time not having to store them in your house is a boon for every parent. We list the best libraries in Chennai that offer a world of options for you to borrow the best reads for you and the kids. Tell us which one is your favourite in the comments below.
Anna Centenary Library:
Anna Centenary Library has 8 floors stacked with the best from the books world. With separate sections for children's books, magazines and even braille- there is everything that an avid reader would want in this library. Touted as a book lover's paradise, this place has the best of children's books on alphabet, numbers, encyclopaedias and books in regional and International languages as well! This section also houses an exclusive activity area for encouraging children to read with storytelling, puppet shows, etc. Here's why we love the place- read here.
Address: Gandhi Mandapam Road, Kottur Gardens, Surya Nagar, Kotturpuram, Chennai
Contact: 044 2220 9999
Website: Anna Centenary Library
Facebook: Anna Centenary Library
Little Spark is an online children's library in Chennai with free home delivery of books each month. They have books for kids from 0-14 years.
Address: Bamboola Play School, 73, Venkata Krishna Road, R.A.Puram, Chennai
Website: Little Spark
Facebook: Little Spark
Read n Rejoice
They encourage kids to read books and discuss and share their thoughts with one another. They help introduce kids to some of the classical works in Tamil as well- so your bookworm is on the right track! They also conduct regular workshops like Story Telling, Science Fun Workshop and Personal Grooming sessions.
Address: S.K.V.Complex, Mambakkam Main Road, Medavakkam, Chennai
Website: Read n Rejoice
Facebook: Read n Rejoice
BooksLounge is dedicated to providing your kids with the best books in the space for all ages, catering to all genres. They also conduct workshops and events for kids who simply love books and reading.
Banyan Tree Library
Banyan Tree Library houses more than 15,000 titles & increasing. They have books for all age-group in both English & Tamil. For ages 2-12 years.
Address: No.75-Senkazhuni Amman Koil Street, Puzhudivakkam, Chennai
Website: Banyan Tree Library
One of the most popular books and toy libraries for kids in the city- they house everything that your kids will love. From soft toys to educational books, magazines, puzzles and lots more.
Address: No.81, S.P. Towers, First Floor, Valluvar Kottam High Road, Chennai
Select books on iloveread website and ask for a delivery at your home or office. After you’ve finished reading, ask for another delivery and we’ll pick up the earlier books. They have a wide collection of books for kids and adults that you can access on their website. Also, they periodically conduct events and workshops for little bookworms.
Address: Ground Floor, No 9, 4th Street, Venkateshwara Nagar, Chennai
R.E.D Planet is a kids library, that promises fun more than a library. It provides young children with an opportunity to explore the world of literature.
Address: 15-16, Vepery Church Lane, Chennai
Facebook: Red Planet
Rajeswari Lending Library
One of the popular names in the city, they have books in all categories in Tamil and English for readers young and old.
Address: 15, Kattabomman Street, Radha Nagar, Near S V Sweets and Bakery, Next Left Side Road, Chromepet, Chennai
Contact: 044 22652532, 9962492232, 9444424811
Website: Rajeswari Lending Library
Facebook: Rajeswari Lending Library
Book&borrow.com is an online book rental service that provides free door-to-door delivery and pickup They have books for children age 3 to 12 years. They have comics, fantasy, fiction,non-fiction, travel, Tamil books, and more.
Address: #13/4 Jeevananadam Street, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai
Contact: 9940436470, 9500183437
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British Council's Library
The British Council is one of the most trusted names in the city that has a collection for readers young and old. Members can access their exclusive digital collection that has the best of books in all formats. They also conduct regular events and workshops for kids.
Address: 737, Anna Salai, Chennai
Contact: 0120-4569000 / 6684353
Website: British Council's Library
Facebook: British Council's Library
JustBooks CLC offers a wide collection for everyone in the family- kids to adults. They have books on fiction, non–fiction, management & leadership, finance & investments, spirituality, philosophy, self-help techniques, travel, health, parenting, cookery, children books, regional books and more.
Address: Multiple locations, click here.
Website: Just Books
Facebook: Just Books
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Disclaimer: Names listed here are sourced from recommendations. please do your own research before you make your choice.