Some of the Best Book-Friendly Places in Kolkata

Some of the Best Book-Friendly Places in Kolkata


Some of the Best Book-Friendly Places in Kolkata

If you are a book lover and want to visit book-friendly places to collect some good books, then here are a few relevant places for you. Generally, book lovers prefer to go to book fairs, libraries, readers-friendly cafes, etc. There are so many places in Kolkata where you can go to collect books according to your choices. Here are some places where you can go if you are a book lover -

Book Fair

The Kolkata International Book Fair is the best place to visit for any book lover out there. You can get a variety of books at reasonable prices at Kolkata book fair. This year, it has started from 29th January and it will continue till 9th February. It is happening in the Central Park Mela ground. So, all the book lovers must visit this fair, at least once in their lifetimes.


There are few libraries in Kolkata with a good collection of books. Like the National Library which is situated at Belvedere Road. It has the collection of more than two million books, 86,000 maps, and 3,200 manuscripts. Readers can get books of 18 Indian languages. Also, there are six departments of foreign languages.

American Library is a suitable place for all the Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, and Ernest Hemingway readers. This library has a collection of 15,000 books, 162 American periodicals and also contains DVDs on current topics and films. 38A, JL Nehru Road is the address. You can visit this library throughout the week, anytime between 8 A.M to 5 P.M. It remains closed only on Sunday.

British Council is also a famous library of Kolkata which is situated at 16, Camac Street. It has a huge collection of books of the world’s famous English writers. This library is open from Monday to Saturday. The visiting timing is between 11 A.M to 7 P.M.

The General Libray of Ramkrishna Mission includes three sections that contain all kinds of books. You can find books that are related to art and humanities. Also this library contains biomedicine books and engineering books as well. The general section contains two lakhs books whereas the children section contains 8,000 books and the junior library section has 16,000 books. Golpark is its permanent address and you have to spend 240 rupees only for the annual membership.

Oxford Cha Bar

Oxford Cha Bar is one of the oldest cafes in Kolkata. It is known as a heaven for the book lovers. You can spend hours and hours gazing through the endless collection of books, magazines, etc. The readers can taste the absolute joy of reading with the masala mix tea and barbecued chicken sausages. These are famous in Oxford Cha Bar.

Some other popular book cafes of Kolkata include Chai Break, Abar Baithak, Café O Kobita, etc. Apart from all these cafes, a true book lover can’t miss College Street where he/she can enjoy street shopping of books along with the chit-chats in the Coffee House.

So, here are the brief descriptions of a few book-friendly places for the book lovers in Kolkata. To find a reader-friendly place near you, you can take help of Haarway, one of the best business listing service providers in Kolkata


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