I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about books? The first thing that comes to my mind is Best friend. Books are a man’s best friend. Need to tell something to someone? There’s a book. Need to say something but can’t gather words? There’s a book. For everything and anything, you’ve got a book for you with a bonus! It doesn’t judge you. 🙂
Everyone of us must visit a library for once, for the peace they provide you. The calm of being in a place full of stories is just so baffling.
Here are some of the best libraries in Delhi that a bibliophile must visit.
1. Delhi Public Library
Where- It is located at various places. Visit www.dpl.gov.in.
Broke and want to read a book? This place is going to fulfill your craving.
It is a central library and is spread all over Delhi that makes it quite accessible for everyone. One of its biggest branch is in Sarojini Nagar. It has a huge collection of academic, non-academic and regional books. The library has a separate kids section as well. What makes this library unique is that it offers membership for Rs 25-30 for a period of about five years.
2. Marwari Library
Where- Chandni Chowk.
Located amidst the chaos of Old Delhi, this library is run by Marwari Education Trust. This hidden gem is about a century old and holds books of Hindi literature and early mid 20th century periodicals. A must visit place for bookworms.
3. DU Library System
Where- Art Faculty, North Campus.
A central library now, offers a wide range of academic books. Can’t find a book anywhere? Head to DU library in 3..2..1..
4. The Ghalib Institute
Where- Mata Sundari Lane, Aiwan-e-Ghalib Marg, Near Bal Bhawan, New Delhi.
The name itself justifies that the place must have done justice to the books. Who doesn’t love Ghalib, anyway? The place is a must for all Urdu and Persian literature fanatics. The library has a broad range of Urdu letters. And as far as I believe, Urdu is the language of love.
5. The American Library
Where- American centre, 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg.
The place offers a wide range of books by American authors and CD’s and DVD’s as well that you can watch. The place is a paradise for the people who love the works of novelists like Dan Brown. The library offers a membership of Rs 400 per year.
6. Sahitya Akademi
Where- 35, Ravindra Bhawan, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi.
Well organised and easy to access, the library offers a wide range of literature in 24 languages which makes the library a must visit. Also, it holds post independence literature in all Indian languages and offers entire collection of notable authors and critics.
7. British Council Library
Where- Opposite to American Library, Kasturba Gandhi Marg.
With amazing ambiance and a good seating arrangement, the library offers a wide range of books on almost all genres, be it educational or cultural. The membership is about Rs 1600 per year.
So what say bibliophiles? Heading to a world of paradise in 3..2..1..