Information Brochure
National Library
[In terms of Section 4(1)b/i-xvi of Right to Information Act, 2005]

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The library is situated at the Belvedere Estate, near Alipore Zoo in Kolkata (Calcutta). It is 4 km from Esplanade, 10 km from Howrah Station and 20 km from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.

The Esplanade Reading Room, which stacks newspapers is located at 6 Esplanade East, Kolkata 700 016, near Raj Bhavan.

The Location Maps and Pictures of the Buildings

Postal Address 

The National Library
Pin: 700 027



Main Cmpus:

91-33-2479 1381 to 87 

Esplanade Reading Room:

91-33-2248 7831

Director's Phone:

91-33-2479 2968

Librarian (PLIO):

91-33-2479 2467


 91-33-2479 1462


Library Timings

The library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all the working days, and from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays. On holidays only the Lending section, Reading Rooms of the Main Building, Annexe Building, New Annexe Building and Esplanade Reading Room remain open.
The Library remains entirely closed on 26 January (Republic Day), 15 August (Independence Day) and 2 October (Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday).


Any person above 18 years of age, can become the member of the National Library. Separate membership is necessary for Reading Room and Lending Section. For membership one has to apply on prescribed forms. The membership will be provided under certain conditions. Applications for any kind of membership must be accompanied with two passport size photographs (4.5cm x 3.5cm).

Reprographic Charges

Readers and institutions can get photocopies of pages from a book or a journal (maximum thirty page or one article or one third of a book—with special permission). The charges are Re 1.00 per exposure. (Minimum Charge: Rs 5.00)


Research scholars and institutions can get copies of microfilms or their bromide enlargements. The rates are


Microfilm Negative

Rs 4.00 per exposure (minimum charge Rs.20.00)


Microfilm Positive

Rs 20.00 per metre (minimum charge Rs 100.00)


Microfilm Reader Printer Copy
(A3 and A4 only)

Print copy of Digital Copy

Rs 5.00 per copy from microfilms & Rs 7.00 per copy from microfilms already available at the National Library
Rs 5.00 per copy


Enlargement Prints (Bromide Copy) in different sizes

Rs 20.00 per print (600 sq cm or part thereof) (minimum charge Rs 50.00)


(The figures were estimated as on 31.03.2014. These are subject to revision after verification.)

1.             Opening of Calcutta Public Library                                            21st March, 1936
2.             Opening of Imperial Library to the Public                                   30th January, 1903
3.             Change of name to the National Library                                     1948
4.            National Library opened to Public 1st February                          1953
5.            Number of working days of the library in a year                          362 days
6.            Total number of books in the library                                            26,41,615
7.            Total number of publications received under the D.B. Act           11,89,128
8.            Total number of publications received as gift & exchange            5,50,037
9.            Total number of digitized books/documents                                21,250
10.          Total number of maps                                                                88,162
11.          Total number of manuscripts                                                      3,231
12.          Total number of bound periodicals                                             1,47,331
13.          Total number of newspaper s (Titles)                                         905 titles
14.          Total number of bound newspapers                                           11,911
15.          Total number of microforms                                                       1,04,388
16.          Total area of Library Compound (in acres)                                 30 (acres)

RTI Details

June 2011,  July 2011,  August 2011, September 2011, October 2011, November 2011, December 2011,, January 2012, February 2012 March 2012 April 2012, May 2012, June 2012, July 2012, August & September 2012, October 2012, November 2012, December 2012, March 2014 to Feb 2015 (Administration), 2013 to March 2015 (Professional), March-May 2015(ADM)