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Chennai Connemara Library

In 1861, Chennai saw a new landmark - The Connemara library, a treasure trove of books, periodicals and newspapers. This library was named after the then Governor of Madras Lord Connemara. Boasting a collection of over 600000 books, the Connemara Library houses a hall for periodicals, reference room, IAS study centre, books in Indian languages and a Braille library.


Chennai Connemara Library holds pride of place as one of India's four national depository libraries. The Connemara Library was conceived on the lines of the British Museum Library. With its stained glass panels and ornate wooden carvings, this building stands testimony to old British architecture.


Some of the historical collections of the library include The Bible (1608), The German Copy of 'Anthony and Cleopatra' and many more. Old volumes are painstakingly covered with chiffon cloth. The library automation is under progress and would be ready for use.


Any person above 17 years and a resident of Chennai or its immediate vicinity can become a member of the Connemara library. The library lends a maximum of six books by depositing Rs.50 per book. In addition, an annual subscription of Rs.50 is collected for each financial year. The following procedures are to be followed by the applicant to be a member of the library:


  • Duly filled application form provided by the library.

  • Attach a Xerox copy of the applicant's photo identification proof.

  • The form must be attested by level A or B grade officer of the Government of Tamil Nadu / India.


The library in located on Pantheon road Egmore, adjacent to the Madras Museum and Art Gallery. The Library remains closed on 26th January (Republic Day), 15th August (Independence Day) , 2nd October (Mahatma Gandhi's birthday) and 6 Festivals viz. Pongal, Tamil New year Day , Saraswathi Pooja, Vijayadasami, Diwali and Christmas. Library is open on all days from 9.00 am to 7.30 pm. On Sundays, the library functions from 9.30AM to 6.00PM. The telephone number of the Connemara Library is 28193751.

Connemara Library