National Library Kolkata West Bengal India

Since British rule, National Library Kolkata is a witness of our freedom. It’s the first public Library in India. The library first started in Metcalfe hall in 1953 in Strand road Kolkata after moving to Belvedere Estate in Alipore.

national library kolkata
National Library Kolkata

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National Library Kolkata West Bengal

Since ancient times the language has played a unique role in the history of human civilization. It’s the most powerful medium of expression. The language gets perfection on the pages of the book. Libraries are the centres of books and the life of bookmakers.

Calcutta is the only city in India where we celebrate a book fair, a festival that happened every year. Last year Kolkata book fair was held in salt lake Central park.

How to reach the National Library at Kolkata?

The easiest way to reach the National Library is to take any bus from Exide or Rabindra Sadan metro station to Alipore zoo. Such as bus no -260, 230, etc. It takes 15-20 minutes. We can also reach the zoo directly from Ballygunge Bus No.1. Also, you can get Auto for Alipore from Hazra crossing. Come to the Alipore Zoo and arrive at the national library by a 1-minute walk.

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National Library of Kolkata address

Belvedere Road, Block A, Alipore, Kolkata, West Bengal 700027

Places you can visit in Alipore

Alipore zoo, Fish Aquarium, National Library, The Agri Horticultural Society of India, etc.

Agri Horticultural Society of India is a two-minute walk from the Alipore Bhabani Bhaban building by foot. It was established in 1820 by William Carey. Every year January 1st week & February 2nd week in Winter Flower Show and Annual Flower Exhibition happened.

Inside of the National Library – Bhasha Bhavan

The library building adjoining the area’s name is Belvedere Estate. Belvedere House itself is a heritage building with many historical and romantic stories are involved in it! India’s largest and official library has been built with one hundred thirty acres of land.

At the entrance of the National Library, which is the most extensive library in India, you will see a post office. Take the right side corner road to reach the destination. It is presently under the Archaeological Survey of India.

On 21 March 1836, the first library in Calcutta, West Bengal, was established in the Metcalfe Hall at the junction of Hair Street and Strand Road, known as the ”Calcutta Public Library”. On 1 February 1953, the Metcalfe hall Kolkata library shifted to the Belvedere Estate in Alipore.

After the library moved from the old building to the “Bhasha Bhavan” building. At present, the library has 26,41,615 books, 88,162 maps, 3,231 manuscripts, 1,47,331 magazines, daily editions of the most famous daily newspaper published from the eighteenth century, 21, 250 Digitized Books, and other rare documents.

Besides, many ancient documents have been preserved through micro-filming. Five hundred fifty people can sit together while reading on the Bhasha Bhavan building.

National Library is India’s only institution that is open 362 days of the year. However, the doors of the National Library are closed only on Republic Day, Independence Day, and Gandhi Jayanti.

Inside of national library Kolkata
Inside of national library Kolkata

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New National library Kolkata timings after covid

The good news is, the national library is reopened in 2021 now, and they started advance booking to enter here. You must book the seat before 24 hours.

  • Monday to Friday from 9 am to 8 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 am to 6 pm


National library Kolkata Membership

There are two types of card arrangements in the National Library: Temporary and Permanent. There is no such fee for the membership but rupees 200 for the security deposit and rare book loan, sometimes it’s 300 rupees.

It’s mandatory to sign the form filled by the Councillor/ Gazetted Officer to make a permanent card.

The validity of the Temporary card is one day only. This card is issued if you have an identity card. Get the chance to read all kinds of books from 8 am to 9 pm. The entry fee is Nil.

If you go to the Bhasha Bhavan Building reception in the National Library of Kolkata, you will get all the information about it. Also, when you enter the library, an identity card is required.

Please note – No printed copy or Xerox copy is allowed inside the Bhasha Bhavan building. Photography is prohibited here. The bags will be kept on luggage counters. The phone will be held in Silent mode. The age should be 18 years plus.

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National library museum India

An audiovisual museum has been started in the old building of the national library Kolkata. The museum is divided into two parts. In the first part, there are many ancient stone sculptures and pictures, and in the second part, which was earlier called the ”ballroom”, there is now an audiovisual museum.

The National library Kolkata museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm. And this museum is closed on Monday.

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National library museum
National library museum

National Library Canteen

National Library of India has two canteens. One is in front of the Bhasha Bhavan, and the old one is outside of the museum. Tea Coffee Snacks are always available here. The price of tea is 1 rupee. Lunch is available on demand. The canteen opens every day from 9 am to 6 pm.

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How can I get membership in National Library Kolkata?

Take a membership application from the Bhasha Bhawan security counter. Two types of memberships are available 1. Temporary 2. Permanent.

Where is our national library located?

Indian national library is located in the city of joy Kolkata. 1-minute walking distance from Alipur Zoo main gate.

How many books are in the National Library?

2.2 million books are in the National Library. It is the most extensive library in India, where 2.2 million books are present.

National Library Kolkata map
National Library Kolkata map
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