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Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. This quote by Anne Herbert is perhaps one of the wisest things every written. There is something about libraries that entice you. While bibliophiles are attracted to libraries for obvious reasons, even those who are not particularly crazy about books cannot help but feel drawn towards some libraries. Sometimes, it could be the architecture and sometimes, it could be the ambiance. When you step into a good library, you inadvertently feel the intense power of books, and knowledge. This can either instantly throw you out or just grab you and pull you in, keeping you glued for hours. Mumbai is blessed to be home to some libraries which are so charming that you just cannot ignore them. (ALSO SEE Libraries In India That Make A Trip To Their Cities Worth The Effort) If you are a bibliophile, then it is a crime to not visit these 5 libraries in Mumbai: Also Read - Cyclone Nisarga: IndiGo Cancels 17 Flights to And From Mumbai, to Operate Only 3
1. The Asiatic Society
One of Mumbai’s most popular landmarks, the Asiatic Library has features in several movies. With a stunning collection of books, scrolls, coins, manuscripts, magazines and newspapers, the Asiatic Society of Mumbai draws many a reader. It was started in 1804 and has around 30,000 rare book collections. Also Read - 'Touching Gesture'! Narayana Murthy Touches The Feet of Ratan Tata And Twitter Can't Stop Hailing The 'Historic Moment'
2. David Sassoon library
David Sassoon Library at Kala Ghoda is popular among locals and tourists alike. It is one of the oldest libraries in Mumbai and was named one of the 47 classical libraries on the world in 2006. With its brilliant Venetian Gothic architectural style and an excellent collection of ancient books, the David Sassoon library is every bibliophile’s dream come true.
3. NCPA library
This is one for art lovers. With several scripts and art-related books, the Tata NCPA library in south Mumbai’s Nariman Point is a delight for anyone who has the slightest interest in the arts. The library has an extensive collection of books on to music, dance, theatre and other art forms.
Located at the Raghuvanshi Mills Compound in Lower Parel, Trilogy is away from the city’s hustle bustle and has a specially curated library. Its wooden flooring and chairs lend it the perfect touch providing a plesant ambiance for readers to pick their favorite book and relax.
5. British Council library
Almost anything with a British connection can be found in the British Council library at Senapati Bapat Marg on Elphinstone Road. It also has rare manuscripts from the British era and gives an option of home delivery of books.
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