Best Libraries in Mumbai

 

The culture of libraries is still strong in Mumbai. The city is home to some of the best libraries where people can come, spend time, and brush up on their knowledge. These libraries are the wells of knowledge that quench this thirst of the general public.

 

Though the culture of reading is dwindling around the world, it is still going strong in Mumbai, and the beautiful libraries spread across the city are to be credited for it. These wonderful places have become institutes of reverence, as many people have found information and peace here.

 

The next time you are in Mumbai and are looking for a quiet place to catch up on your reading, make your way to any of these libraries in the city. They are not just places to come and read, they are also places worth admiring.

 

10 Libraries In Mumbai That Every Student Must Visit

 

Calling all bookworms! Pay attention to the following information as it is about the best 10 libraries in Mumbai that every student must visit. First, check out the ones closest to you, and then plan for the ones far away, but do check them out for some cultural enrichment.

 

1. Asiatic Library

Asiatic Library Mumbai, Maharashtra

The Asiatic library is like a portal back into time. It is over 200 years old and has some of the rarest manuscripts in the country. You can also find many journals, magazines, articles, and newspapers that are more than a century old. You will be able to find these online as well, as they are being digitised for preservation. Two brilliant features of the library are the iconic staircase and Roman Colosseum-like columns that make the library a sight for sore eyes.

Address –

The Asiatic Library is located at Town Hall, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road Horniman Circle, near RBI, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400023.

Visiting Time –

The library is open from 10:30 AM to 6:45 PM.

 

2. David Sassoon Library

David Sassoon Library Mumbai

Located near Kala Ghoda, this 150-year -old library is home to more than 70,000 books on varied subjects. It also has books in rare regional languages that cannot be found anywhere else. The British era construction is beautiful to look at, and the atmosphere is always peaceful, making it a great place to plonk yourself down and study.

Be sure to check out the balcony which provides a view of the garden nearby and Kala Ghoda. When the weather is pleasant, you can have a wonderful time on the balcony.

Address –

The David Sassoon Library is located at 152, Mahatma Gandhi Road, which is just off the David Sassoon Library Marg. It is opposite Jehangir Art Gallery at Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai.

Visiting Time –

The library is open 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

 

3. British Council Library

British Council Library Mumbai

The British Council Library has some creative membership plans for all which encourages a lot of people to join. This is one of the finest libraries, not just in Mumbai, but in the country. It has a wide range of fiction & non-fiction books, newspapers, magazines. Here, you also get exclusive theatre and film recordings that you can listen to in the library. This place is an ocean of history.

One of the biggest advantages of the British Council Library is that students can also find a lot of study material that saves them the cost of buying expensive textbooks. This library is definitely a place all students should visit.

 

Address –

The British Council Library is at 901, 9th Floor of Tower 1 in One Indiabulls Centre. This building is on 841, Senapati Bapat Marg on Elphinstone Road in Mumbai.

Visiting Time –

The best time to visit the British Council Library is from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The place is closed on Sundays.

 

4. Maharashtra Mitra Mandal Library

Maharashtra Mitra Mandal Library Mumbai

Also known as MCubed, Maharashtra Mitra Mandal is the place for Marathi literature. There are separate kids sections and adults sections in the library. Beyond your reading experience, MCubed also organises discussion sessions. Theres also a literary festival held each year where the atmosphere is exciting. Do check out the beautiful reading rooms as well.

Considering this library is aimed at students, the membership fees are quite affordable. Near the reception, you can also find second-hand books that anyone can buy for INR 20/-.

 

Address –

The Maharashtra Mitra Mandal Library is in Princess Building near Bandra Gymkhana on DMonte Park Road in Bandra (West), Mumbai.

Visiting Time –

You can visit Maharashtra Mitra Mandal from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

 

5. Trilogy Library & Bookstore

Trilogy Library & Bookstore Lower Parel, Mumbai

The Trilogy Library & Bookstore is tucked away from the bustle of Lower Parel. It is like a quiet corner where you can come to enjoy the peace and a good read. And for good reading, you have fiction & non-fiction books, books on photography and art, and you can even find graphic novels and comic books (old & new). You can easily come here and get lost in the world of books.

Trilogy Library & Bookstore also holds workshops for the members and even a few books launches occasionally. The atmosphere here is always great, and the owners of the library are also always there to help you.

Address –

Trilogy Library & Bookstore is in Building No. 28, just above the Mercedes Service Centre at Raghuvanshi Mills Compound in Lower Parel, Mumbai.

Visiting Time –

Throughout the week, the timings are 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and during weekends, the timings are 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

 

6. JN Petit Library

JN Petit Library Mumbai

Any book you want, you are most likely to find it at the JN Petit Library. There are more than 1.5 lakhs books here, and the library also ensures that the collection is updated regularly. They also have a dedicated room containing old copies, journals, and manuscripts of a bygone era. The structure of the library is also quite beautiful, and many times, people find themselves admiring the beauty of the library instead of reading books.

The membership fees here are quite affordable and students should definitely take the membership, and enjoy access to the latest books.

Address –

The JN Petit Library is in JN Petit Institute, at 312, DN Road in Fort, Mumbai.

Visiting Time –

You can visit the library during the weekdays from 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 pm. Sundays the place is shut.

 

7. Leaping Windows

Leaping Windows - Book cafe in Mumbai

Leaping Windows is as modern as a library can get. Right above is a cafe that serves delicious food & beverages. They also have a home delivery service where they deliver the book right to you, and even come to pick it up. Inside the library, the walls and ceilings are adorned with murals of graphic novels and comic book characters. And along with your usual fare of books, comics, and graphic novels, you also have access to manga.

Now, this is a place where one can really immerse themselves in pop culture. Be sure to grab a sprawl mat and enjoy reading comfortably.

Address –

The Leaping Windows library is at 3 Corner View, which is off Yari Road, opposite the Bianca Towers in Versova at Andheri West, Mumbai.

Visiting Time –

Open every day, you can visit Leaping Windows from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

 

8. Peoples Free Reading & Library

Peoples Free Reading & Library

Relive the British era writings at Peoples Free Reading & Library. This place has been around for more than a century and has a legacy of having some of the finest literary works from the time the Britishers ruled India. Such is the popularity of Peoples Free Reading & Library that it is always packed to the maximum. Theres also a separate room just for the newspapers. This library is a wonderful place located in the bustling South Bombay area.

Students should definitely come here and consider getting a membership, as they have special subsidised rates just for students.

Address –

Peoples Free Reading & Library is on J.S.S. Road opposite the Metro Inox Cinemas near Dhobitalao at Marine Lines, Mumbai.

Visiting Time –

From Monday to Saturday, the library is open from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and on Sunday, it is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 PM.

 

9. NCPA Library

NCPA - at Nariman Point, Mumba

This is the place if you want to read up on culture. The NCPA library has many books on theatre, music, dance, and art. They also have a lot of books on anthropology, and the Stuart Liff Collection, which has many writing in Western classical music. At NCPA, you can listen to music pieces on various forms of music in India, and speeches by famous people. There is a whole special room dedicated to that. The NCPA library is actually so much more than a library.

Owing to so many things on offer, the NCPA library is always packed with the curious minds of students. Its membership is quite affordable and worth more than value.

Address –

The NCPA library is on NCPA Marg at Nariman Point, Mumbai

Visiting Time –

NCPA is open only during the weekdays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

 

10. The American Library

American Library Mumbai

Soak in the American culture at The American Library. Home to some of the best American literary works, this library has more than 11,000 books on American art, business, science and academic writings, and periodicals. The library is huge in size, which allows students to find comfortable spots and spend hours reading, without getting disturbed.

Oh, and if you dont want to read, you can also watch American classical films from their vast collection. The membership fee of The American Library is quite affordable.

Address –

The American Library is at the American Consulate in Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai.

Visit Timings –

The American Library is closed on the weekends, but operates from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

 

Mumbai is a city blessed with knowledge and culture enriching libraries that are still encouraging people, especially the youth, to read more and develop themselves. Truly, the student population in Mumbai is blessed to have such iconic places. So, make use of these places, and encourage more people to take up reading, which results in the development of heart, mind, and soul.