National Library, Kolkata

The National library is located at the Belvedere Estate very near to the Alipore Zoo in Kolkata. The National library of Kolkata is the largest library in India. The National library was the residence of the former Lieutenant Governor of West Bengal. The library at present contains almost 2 million books and half a million documents.

The National library of Kolkata is considered to be the institution of national importance under the 'Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India'.

The National library or 'Jatiya Granthagar' in Belvedere Bhawan was shifted in 1953 on 1st February and opened to public.

The National library of Kolkata has separate Indian language division for the following languages:

  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Kashmiri
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Oriya
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Sindhi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu

National library in Kolkata is visited by more than 18000 readers. The collection of the National library in Kolkata comprises about 20,00,000 books and 5,00,000 manuscripts. Its gigantic campus spreads around 130 acres of land. The Kolkata National library today is the 2nd largest public library in Asia.

The eminent donors of the National library of Kolkata are Sadar-Ud-ddin, the Zaminder of Buhor, Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee, Surendra Nath Sen and more.

The National library of Kolkata stocks all major Indian newspapers. The historians can get the richest collection of newspapers and periodicals that dates back to the 19th and 20th centuries.

The National library is the store house of rare collection of books, valuable manuscripts of the pre-British period, the original letters and notes of famous personalities and more.

The National library
West Bengal
Phone No : 91-33-2479-1381 to 1384

Last Updated on : 22 October 2012