Reading is an out-of-the-world experience, no matter the content you are reading, whether it is a favorite book or a completely new novel. With great settings and characters, books are the best medium to escape reality and plunge into a surrealistic world. Libraries house much more than words can describe. If you are an avid reader and a temporary resident of Mumbai staying in a PG in South Mumbai or West, you are missing out if you have never been to the best libraries the city can offer.
- Asiatic Library in Fort
This library is two centuries old. It has a cache of magazines that are historic, journals, and manuscripts. If you are a member here, you will most definitely stumble upon an old newspaper that belongs to a different era. As the use of technology has become paramount in this day and time, the library has started the preservation of its old content to give it new life. It makes it convenient for people to access them, but unfortunately, it may never grant the sensation of holding a physical copy.
- Maharashtra Mitra Mandal Library in Bandra
Maharashtra Mitra Mandal, also known as MCubed, is not just a library. It has discussion sessions, reading rooms, and a literature festival for the members. The library even promotes knowledge sharing through cultural mingling. It was 1981 when MCubed came into existence. It started with a great collection of Marathi literature. The library has different content for kids and adults.
- JN Petit Library in Fort
JN Petit Library has been in the same place since 1856. Aptly situated in an imperial building in Fort, it gives off an ambiance that is a pure experience by itself. A separate room is available for storing manuscripts, journals, and old copies in the library. It is important to note that it contains books with over 150,000 copies. Students staying in Mumbai girls hostels or boys hostel can visit this library to gain some knowledge and have a good time.
- Trilogy Library in Bandra
Trilogy is an intelligently-curated library, and it even acts as a bookshop. The owners do not hesitate to show you the ropes of the library, and they even recommend books based on your preferences. Trilogy has stacks of books in every genre you can possibly imagine.
- People’s Free Reading in Marine Lines
It is yet another century-old library in South Mumbai, aka SoBo. It houses a collection of publications from the British era. A dedicated section for students, reading rooms, and subsidized memberships are some of the advantages of this library.
Most of these libraries offer free access to books, while membership fees start at cheap rates to premium rates based on the duration. Some libraries are even open at midnight for the night owls who want to read books after work. And if you happen to be looking for a hostel in Malad, you can find one nearest to the top libraries with your-space, a sophisticated enterprise in student housing.