5 Delhi Libraries and How to Access Them

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There’s something romantic about libraries, and very rarely does it have anything to do with what you read. Romances through shelves, catch up sessions in long forgotten aisles, and sometimes, the discovery of a first edition of a favorite book. For those who are still trying to fight the digitalization of society, or just want some quiet down time to finish a project, here’s libraries in Delhi you can access.

Delhi Public Library

All you have to do is carry proof of residency {voter ID, Ration card}, to show you’re a Delhi resident. The library is free of charge, and houses up to 16 lakh books, across languages, including English, Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit. As for genres, expect competitive examination books, books pertaining to law, philosophy, religion, medical science, engineering, literature, fiction. We hear they have a stellar collection of books authored by early Indian writers, and that too, in excellent shape. If you do want to borrow, you’ll have to sign up to be a member at INR 20, after which you’ll be issued a borrower card.

Where: There is a DPL in the South, East, North, West and Centre, find out nearest you, here (http://dpl.gov.in/).

Price: Access is free of charge, membership at INR 20.

The American Library

General public has free access to the library, in case you’re just looking for some quiet down time. But, a membership will entitle you borrow up to four books, two back issues of periodicals and two DVD’s. A member is also allowed access to library accounts online, to create search lists, renew material and place hold requests for material available. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 16, and you will require proper photo identification. As for borrowing, you can ask for loans online, in person and even request an inter library loan, from in between libraries in different states. Also-free Wi-Fi within the library! Apply for membership, here (http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/contact-us/library-registration-form.html).

Where: American Center, 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg; Contact: 01123472000

Timings: Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm

Price: Individual at INR 400/year, families at INR 500/year

British Council Library India

Any UK return student will know the drill all too well. The British Council Library requires you to enroll as a member, which will further entitle you to more than 85,000 online academic books and 14,000 e-journals online. Moreover, membership ensures you’re invited to workshops, seminars, and events. They have a plethora of membership plans, that differ in terms of validity, fees, borrowing rules and access. Choose one here (http://www.library.britishcouncil.org.in/programmes/libraries/our-libraries/new-delhi-library).

Where: British Council Division, 17 Kasturba Gandhi Marg; Contact: 18001024353

Timings: Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

Price: Starts at INR 1000

Enroll to be a member, here (http://www.library.britishcouncil.org.in/prices-and-plans).

India Habitat Centre-Habitat Library and Resource Centre

The Habitat library is open only to members, and the staff isn’t very well equipped to guide you or provide any real, useful information. The library itself offers a range of resources, including newspapers, electronic newspapers, internet, multimedia, videos, music and books. The books aren’t exhaustive; look at this as a quiet place to be able to get some work done. If you are a member.

The Japan Foundation Library

If you’re a manga fan, you’ve just found your fan club. This particular library is country specific, and provides reference services for the collection, and research info related to Japan, and international cultural exchange. You are entitled to borrow, use available multimedia tools and photocopy. Membership is open to all, provided you’re a Delhi/NCR resident. In case you only want to use the library for a day or two, ask for a daily membership card. Find out more, here (http://www.jfindia.org.in/?page_id=44).

Where: 5A, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar 4; Contact: 0112644-2967/68/71/72

Price: INR 300/year

Little Black Book, “5 Delhi Libraries and How to Access Them,” in Little Black Book, April 29, 2015. Accessed on April 30, 2015, at: http://littleblackbookdelhi.com/delhi-public-libraries-membership/

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