National Library of India, Kolkata, West Bengal

The national library of India is located on Belvedere road; Block A, Alipore, Kolkata. One of the major landmarks, not only in India but also in the whole wide world. This library is the home to approximately 2.2 million books belonging to every genre that’s the ranks 14th largest libraries in the world. You can visit the library on any day of the week. There is no entry charge. However, all the people who wish to enter the reading room either needs to be above 18years of age or must have reading room membership card.

With reference to the rich history of India, the national library of India was earlier home to the governor general of East India Company, Warren Hastings. Apart from books, this library holds a huge collection of rare manuscripts, journals, periodicals, etc. If you are an avid reader book lover, then this is your paradise. A place that provides unimaginable and a storehouse of knowledge for its readers.

The architecture of this library boasts of roman beams. The green window set on the backdrop of the white colored building is a class apart. Spread on thirty acres of land, this place holds natural beauty in its truest form. Not only this, the interiors of the library hold the British heritage and its culture.

The library is approximately 4 kilometers away from Esplanede. Hence, if you get off at Esplanede metro station, you can take a local taxi to reach the library. If you are coming from Howrah station which is approx. 10kms and from the Airport it is 20kms, booking a private cab or taking a taxi will be more time effective and hassle free. Buses are available too.


National Library Kolkata open at 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Entry Fees

Free | No Tickets

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Saptara Ghosh
29 February 2024

How long can you reserve a book ? ?

Ankita Dey
09 April 2023

Can 15 years boy visit national library?
As a tourist he will enter,so is there any kind of restrictions??