The Oxford of the East at one point of time boasted of a library at every nook and corner but with urbanisation and the digital age, they vanished one by one.
Yet, for the die hard bibliophile, a library will remain the eternal delight what with the heady aroma of books that have stood the test of time…
We went around the city to curate a list of easily accessible libraries the can delight the book worm in you :
Phoenix Library: A circulating library located in the secluded lanes of old ‘poona’ reflects the old world’s charm. Even though they do not have a reading room, but it is open for all reading aficionados interested to learn about the city’s cultural heritage, biographies or novels written by long lost writers and columnists, including all genres of books expect fiction.
Address: 727, Kumthekar Road, Pratham Appt., Sadashiv Peth, Opp. Sadashiv Post Off, Sadashiv Peth, Pune.
Timing: Sunday And Thursday- 11am to 1pm; Saturday and Tuesday- 6pm to 8pm
A.R.S. Inamdar Public Library: Maintained by The Deccan Muslim Institute charitable trust, this 102-year-old library houses over 40,000 books across genres including books in English, Urdu, Hindi, Marathi, Arabic and Persian languages on literature, management, IT, economics, international business, fiction, non-fiction, history, competitive exams, medical, health, glamour, interior designing, religion, law, engineering and allied areas.
They also offer over 80 magazines for their member readers. A bibliophile’s heaven with a comfortable reading space, this place is best for students preparing for competitive examination. It also has a rich collection of of videos and CDs of national and international subjects.
Address: 2390-B, Azam Campus, K.B. Hidayatullah Road, Camp, Pune.
Timing: Open all day 8am to 8pm
Albert Edward Institute Library: This 150-year-old gigantic eclectic library in East Street speaks about the olden days with cobblestone walls, long reading table and perfectly lined books on the shelf. One can find young people furiously scanning through the book piles and taking notes and also oldies sitting on the benches outside, reading the daily newspaper.
Address: Hulshur, Opp. Victory Theater, Camp, Pune.
Timing: Open all day 8am to 8pm
Just Books, Magarpatta City: With read, rent and return as their tag line, this moderately crowded library is situated in the clubhouse to seek enough space and peace for the readers. With variety of books lined across the open space catering to children and adults, one can also order for books in case of unavailability and call for home delivery as well.
Address: 1st Floor, Cosmos Club House I, Next to Destination Centre, Magarpatta City, Pune.
Timing: Monday to Sunday- 10am to 9pm. Closed on Thursday.
Dnyanganga Library and Study Center: With limited seating yet a calm environment, this ‘granthalay’ in Kharadi is appreciated by people who like to spend time studying about the Maratha empire, classics and other books in Marathi, Hindi and English. With minimal monthly charges, a reading area and availability of an array of magazines, they also have a home delivery option.
Address: Phase 1, lane 3, Sr. no.7/3, Swami Krupa, Anusaya park, Rakshak Nagar, Kharadi, Pune.
Timing: Monday to Saturday- 9:30am-1pm and 4pm to 9pm
#Timings mentioned are indicative. Readers and requested to contact individual outlets and confirm charges, timings etc.
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