National Library, Kolkata

National Library

Rank 21
Ranked 21 of 761,
in Kolkata
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13 Ratings & 6 Reviews

About National Library

voted as clean
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 9.00 AM - 8.00 PM , Saturday: 9.30 AM - 6.00 PM , Sunday: 9.30 AM - 6.00 PM , Public Holidays: 9.30 AM - 6.00 PM

The National Library is the biggest and one of the oldest libraries of the country. Located nearby the Alipore Zoo, the building was the residence of the former Lieutenant Governor of Bengal. The library has a collection of over 2 million books and nearly half a million rare and old documents. Attracting thousands of readers throughout the week, this place is mainly flocked by graduate, post graduate and doctorate students.

There are various regional language divisions in the library. One can find books primarily in languages like Bengali, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Kashmiri, Marathi, Sanskrit and Urdu. One of the divisions of the library has a major collection of books written in Pali and Prakrit.  

There are a vast collection of books on all possible subjects from Mathematics to Literature. Eminent personalities like Surendra Nath Bonnerjea and Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee have made huge donations in respect of books as well as money, which have made National Library the second largest in Asia.

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6 traveller reviews for National Library

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Amit Ghosh

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  • Amit Ghosh
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 500 Reviews
  •  71 helpful votes
  •  88819 readers

"City's Largest Library"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The oldest and largest library in the city having a host of an antique and all time favourite collection of books. If you are the book worm then this is a must visit place for you to be. To add to the thrill it is also claimed to be a hunted destination. Sounds interesting?
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Tybalt Drucker

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  • Tybalt Drucker
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  363 readers

"Interesting place, more crowd, less enjoyment"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 15, 2014
With the innumerable stories of supernatural sightings in the area surrounding Belvedere, one cannot miss a chance to go see the place. It used to be the residence of the Governor General during the Raj. Talk to the caretakers for stories about ghostly sightings- flickering lights in unusual places, sounds and sights of horse-driven chariots and figures coming out of the chariots. There is a general air of eeriness, which may be purely psychological, but is fun all the same. Remember- more the number of the people less is the fun!
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Vishal K

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  • Vishal K
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  645 readers

"Lost its touch"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 5, 2014
This place has gone through a lot of renovation, but the actual purpose is still not served. Books!
Many books are in bad condition and lack of more titles is not something you expect from National Library.
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Dr. shadab ahmed

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  • Dr. shadab ahmed
  • Lives in Raipur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  653 readers

"The collection is amazing and very varied"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 30, 2014
It's really huge and the collection is amazing and very varied! I think it has to be the biggest in India. It has so many historical journals that are simply rare.
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  • A S
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews
  •  2056 helpful votes
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"It is a heritage building!"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2014
It is more than 100 years old and has more than two million books. It is in Alipore and easily accessible and is open throughout the day till 8pm on weekdays. You need to have approved membership to read books in the main reading room. This room is gigantic which can accommodate more than 500 readers and something you will appreciate is even when the place is full you will observe pin drop silence.
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Abhijit Gupta

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  • Abhijit Gupta
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 283 Reviews
  •  911 helpful votes
  •  248451 readers

"Largest Library In India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2014
National Library in Kolkata is the largest of its kind in India. It is located at Alipore near the Zoo. People with ID Cards are only allowed inside and tourists can have a glimpse from outside only.
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