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Libraries in Delhi & Gurgaon for the little readers

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Libraries are no longer antiquated old places with ‘No Talking’ signs we remember as children!

 

With talking books, wall art, colourful chairs, funky reading corners,home deliveries and more – These libraries are definitely on your ‘things to do with the kids’ this year list.

 

So, for those who are still trying to fight the digitalisation of society, inculcate the habit of reading amongst kids,or just want some outing ideas for the children, here are libraries around Delhi you can access.

 

Reading Caterpillar Library, Nizamuddin,Delhi

 

This is an interactive and a fun Library and book club for Children ( Ages 1 year+ to 10 years). Each book has been handpicked with care and attention, keeping in mind the content, the quality of the drawing and the interests that children can be sensitised to at that age.

There are about 100 active members and, on an average, forty to fifty children visit the library and attend various workshops through the week. The younger children (under six) come in about twice a week and some, even more often. The older children visit a week or every ten days.

 

Where : F-24 second floor, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi

Timings :Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 – 17:30

Membership start at INR 4000 per year.

Find out more here

The treasure Trove, Gurgaon

A library of Books,Toys,Games in Gurgaon for children from 2-13 years.

Here, you get to pick from over 8000 books, toys and games, take them home on a monthly membership basis and also visit any number of times and sit and read in the library.

Incase you don’t want to step out, they have home delivery facilities too. Register online and you’ll be able to access their online catalog of books,toys and games.

 

Where : W Block, Nirvana Country, South City 2, Golf Course Ext Road, Gurgaon

Timings :Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 – 19:00

Membership starts at INR 350 per month

Find out more here

 

Dr B C Roy Children’s Reading Room,New Delhi

Housed in the famous Children’s Book Trust building,(Same place as the Shankar Doll Museum) this is the largest library exclusively for children.

It has over 40,000 books on a variety of subjects such as science, history, religion, mythology, literature and fiction and is open to any child between the age of 5 and 18 to become a member.

The library observes an open access system. Children are allowed to select the books on their own from the shelves. It’s Decimal Classification for classifying the collection has simplified cataloguing for the benefit of the little readers.All books have been grouped under three different groups for different age groups. Group A provides books for children in the age group of 5 to 8. Group B provides books for children in the age group of 9 to 12. Group C caters to the age group between 13 to 18.

 

Where : Children’s Book Trust , Nehru House,4, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg

Timings : 9:30 – 17:00

Membership starts at INR 500

Find out more here

 

BookPal Library,Sohna Road, Gurgaon

This is an offline and online book library that offers all sorts of books to toddlers and teen and everyone in between. From sports to biographies to series, the store holds all kinds of books where the children can physically browse through the choices and also sit around to read. There is free delivery of books as well, as per subscription plans ranging from monthly to annually by paying a subscription fee of Rs. 500 and a security deposit of Rs. 1000. A membership card is issued against which children can choose from over 1000s books and can even enjoy the privilege of having it home delivered.

Where: B19, Omaxe City Centre, Sector 49, Sohna Road, Gurgaon

Membership starts at INR 1500

Find out more here

 

Delhi Public Library

The Delhi Public Library has a couple of branches across the city, making it accessible to everyone. It’s free of charge and houses upto 16 lakh books,across languages, including English, Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit. As for genres, expect competitive examination books, books pertaining to law, philosophy, religion, medical science, engineering, literature, and fiction. We hear, with an entire space dedicated for children – they have a stellar collection of classics by Enid Blyton, the Nancy Drew series, children’s magazines and even books in Hindi. If you do want to borrow, you’ll have to sign up to be a member at INR 20, after which you’ll be issued a borrower card.

Where: Find one nearest to you, here

 

These online libraries are a great alternative for days when laziness creeps in:

 

The ilovereadin – Library of Books

This is a book rental library that allows you the freedom to choose the book from their website and read at the comfort of your home or office. You just need to create a free account, search for a book you want, subscribe to a plan and ask for a delivery at home. Read the books peacefully as they don’t disturb you with due dates, late fees or reminders.

Find a book online here

 

Library @ Home

True to it’s tag line -‘Nothing fancy-only books and some fun’, this online library let’s you browse through the collection, add to the cart, get a free delivery as per subscription plan, keep the book for as long as you want and get it picked up free when you are ready to return. From a 30-day plan to an annual plan, your subscriptions are based on your reading habits and that is what makes it flexible.

Find a book online here

 

Buzzing Books

An online library designed for children from toddlers to teens to enrich their reading experience. Buzzing Books offers a plethora of diverse and unique books from publishers worldwide including Scholastic, Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Simon and Schuster and National Geographic as well as from independent Indian publishers like Tulika, Tara and Katha. There are no due dates or late fees online!  Just register, choose your membership plan, browse and select books and sit back and relax as the books get delivered and picked at your doorstep!

Find a book online here

 

Know of an interesting library around town , let us know in the comments below

 

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