National Library, India
Address and Contact Info
Address: National Library, Belvedere, Kolkata-700027 (Formerly Calcutta) West Bengal, INDIA
Telephone & fax: +91-33-2479-1381 to 1384
Principal contacts for the collection:
Hours and Usage Restrictions
The Library opens from 9 A.M. to 8 P.M. on all the working days and 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 Rooms remain open. The Library remains entirely closed on 26th January (Republic Day), 15th August (Independence Day) and 2nd October (Mahatma Gandhi's birthday).
Membership is required. See: http://www.nlindia.org/services.html
Online Catalogs and Finding Aids
The library has separate Indian language division for Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu Languages. Sanskrit language division also collects and process Pali and Prakrit books. English books published in India are also collected under D.B. Act.
Suggestions for approaching the material: Make contact with the relevant archivists by letter, rather than email, well in advance of one's trip.
Housing and getting by for less in the area: