Connemara Public Library

Connemara Public Library

Connemara Public Library set at Egmore in Chennai in Indian state of Tamil Nadu is one of the largest libraries in Asian continent. The library houses age hold publication and for avid readers it is a doorway to wisdom and intelligence. Bobby Robert Bourke Connemara is credited with such broad vision as he felt an urgency to construct a public library in Chennai. The history of this legendary place dates back to late 18th century. It is a cherry for traveller and a great place to visit as essence of colonials still reminds us of their kindness and it is because of their interest library today stands as one of the four National Depository Libraries which receive a copy of all books, newspapers and periodicals published in India and Indian should be proud to learn a fact that it is also a depository library of the UN.


The floor plan of library was designed by the then consulting architect to the Government of Madras, the architecture and its design includes various style and represent numerous era. It is a semi circle end oblong building with distinct style of Indo Saracenic, Gothic to Rajput and Mughal to Southern Hindu Deccan it is an instance of unity and uniformity. The new building was added in 1973, post independence era, it is home to all kind of books you ever known or heard of, to help learners and scholars it has introduced a reference room, a video hall room and entire floor filled with large collection of books.

Things to note

Library has more than lakh of such books and periodicals which can’t be found anywhere beside that awesome collected of donated books is an instance of its popularity and recognition. The stock of volumes counts 7, 70,000 and at present it receives 3500 periodicals and 160 newspapers. You would be shock to learn that it has lend around 2, 16,813 volumes to members for home reading.


Any person above 17 years is eligible to get admission to library.

Working hours and days

From 9 am to 7.30 pm ob weekdays and from 9.30 am to 6 pm on Sundays without any breaks. Closed during national holidays and selected festival holidays a year.