Libraries provide another space for children to learn. They can help students navigate the internet, offer a quiet area to study, and encourage students to read. Providing students with books that interest them is another way to encourage students to read more. Regular reading eventually develops good reading and writing skills.
The culture of libraries is still strong in Mumbai. The city is home to some of the best libraries where people can come, spend time, and brush up on their knowledge. These libraries are the wells of wisdom that quench the general public's thirst.
1. Asiatic Library
The Asiatic library is like travelling back to the Roman era. It is over 200 years old and has some of the rarest manuscripts in the country. You can also find many journals, magazines, articles, and newspapers that are more than a century old. You will find these online, as they are being digitised for preservation. Two brilliant features of the library are the iconic staircase and Roman Colosseum-like columns that make the library a sight for sore eyes.
Address: The Asiatic Library is located at Town Hall, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road Horniman Circle, near RBI, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400023.
The library is open from 10:30 AM to 6:45 PM.
2. David Sassoon Library
This 150-year-old library is located near Kala Ghoda and is home to more than 70,000 books on various subjects. It also has books on those rare languages that you cannot find anywhere else. Its beautiful construction is of the British era and is gorgeous in its stature. The atmosphere is always peaceful and calm, making it a great place to pick a book and start reading.
Address: The David Sassoon Library, 152 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai.
The library is open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.
3. British Council Library
The British Council Library is one of the finest libraries in the country. It has a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, newspapers, magazines. This place is an ocean of history.
One of the biggest advantages of this library is that students can also find a lot of study material that saves them the cost of buying expensive books. The British Council Library is a place all children should visit.
Address: The British Council Library is at 901, 9th Floor of Tower 1 in One Indiabulls Centre. This building is on 841, Senapati Bapat Marg on Elphinstone Road in Mumbai.
4. Maharashtra Mitra Mandal Library
Also known as MCubed, Maharashtra Mitra Mandal is the place for Marathi literature. There are separate kids sections and adults sections in the library. Beyond your reading experience, MCubed also organises discussion sessions. There’s also a literary festival held each year where the atmosphere is exciting. Do check out the beautiful reading rooms as well.
Considering this library is aimed at students, the membership fees are pretty affordable. Near the reception, you can also find second-hand books that anyone can buy for INR 20/-.
Address: The Maharashtra Mitra Mandal Library is in Princess Building near Bandra Gymkhana on DMonte Park Road in Bandra (West), Mumbai.
The library is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
5. Trilogy Library & Bookstore
The Trilogy Library & Bookstore is located away from the hustle-bustle of Lower Parel. It is like a quiet corner where you can come to enjoy peace and a good read. And for good reading, you have fiction & non-fiction books, books on photography and art, and you can even find graphic novels and comic books (old & new). You can easily come here and get lost in the world of books.
Trilogy Library & Bookstore also holds workshops for the members and even a few book launches occasionally. The atmosphere here is always great, and the library owners are also always there to help you.
Address: Trilogy Library & Bookstore is in Building No. 28, just above the Mercedes Service Centre at Raghuvanshi Mills Compound in Lower Parel, Mumbai.
The library is open between 11:00 am to 7:00 pm (weekdays) and from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm during weekends.#kidslibrary