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Mumbai Libraries

Libraries are not less than a treasure for book lovers, who like to spend their quiet afternoons in peace and a place like Mumbai along with the hustle-bustle of this great city. 

British Council Library in Mumbai
Asiatic Library Mumbai

There are many libraries in Mumbai which serve all your purposes of reading in a calm place along with a great variety of books and creative artifacts as well. The libraries in Mumbai are as old as the city itself and therefore hold an old-world charm to themselves, be it their architecture or the reading literature available in them. 

Serving the purpose of doorstep delivery of the required books the British council is solving a lot of issues for the readers because you don't have to step out of your homes to borrow a book but can order the required book online and it will be delivered at your doorstep.


Along with online books, the British council also provides e-journals and regularly holds literary events for their members. The library has around 85,000 e-books and 14,000 journals named to itself. The best quality services provided for cracking international university examinations British council library serves many of your requirements. 

This chain is widespread in India and along with Mumbai British council libraries are located in 8 other cities like Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, and Pune.

Asiatic Society Library in Mumbai

First formed to promote useful knowledge and originated from the literary society of Bombay, Asiatic society still stands strong to serve the purpose of reading their favorite books in the most serene atmosphere for the readers of this city. 

Artifacts are 15,000 rare and valuable books, a hundred thousand books, ancient manuscripts written in Persian, Sanskrit, and Prakrit, 11,829 coins which include a gold coin of Kumargupta, Akbar & Shivaji, 1300 maps all these and much more belonging to this ancient library are quite enough to make you want to read out some ancient history and gather information. The Asiatic Society was started in 1800 by Sir James Mackintosh and its built-in greek & roman style architecture. 

David Sasson Library and Reading Room Mumbai

Located in the heart of the business district of Mumbai, the David Sasson library is also a heritage structure for the city. Tracing back the history the original idea was to set up a library and museum of mechanical models & architectural designs & to organize lectures and discussions on science & technology. 

In March 1938, the Sasson mechanics institute was rechristened to David Sasson library and reading room. This library has a different charm associated with it mainly because of its history and the Venetian-styled Gothic architecture.

David Sasson Library

Jawahar Lal Nehru Library in Mumbai

Situated in Santacruz, Mumbai this library belongs to the University of Mumbai but gives all types of services to other readers as well, Jawahar Lal Nehru library was established in 1864 and is rich in various reference materials, bibliographical tools, books on maths, social sciences and Indology. 

The library holds a large collection of ancient books and manuscripts such as more than 1190 manuscripts in Arabic, Persian & Urdu and about 7418 manuscripts in Sanskrit & allied languages. The library has also got Dr. John Wilson's collection as a gift from his successors. The key attraction of this library is the number of books and other reading materials available which include 6,99,321 books, 20,000 thesis & dissertation, 12,000 periodicals, 15,000 manuscripts, and 2000 microforms.

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