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People’s Free Library Mumbai – Free Public Library At Dhobi Talao

“One of the only free public libraries of Mumbai, People’s Free Library is open to all located at Dhobi Talao, Marine lines, Mumbai..”

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Started in 1845 formerly known as Bombay Native General Library it got its new name People’s Free Public Library of Mumbai when it was merged with N M Wadia Library in 1891. During old times a Gujarati gentleman named ‘Damodur Gordhandas Sookhdwala’ donated his property at Dhobi Talao to set up this public library which has lots of old collections like Magazines, Novels and newspapers during ancient British times. It also has lots of Biographies and Philosophies books, But mostly students and public now are interested in Novels in this reading place.

Library Timings and Charges

UPDATED / LATEST Charges and Timings


Students Fees : Fees for Students Corner are updated to Rs.200 Per month, Rs.500 For 3 Months (Quarterly) and Rs.1000 for Six Months.
Lifetime Membership : Lifetime Book reading membership are charged Rs.1500/- and Similarly lifetime charges for Magazine reading are Rs.500.
Library Timings : For Students Weekdays timings are 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Sundays and Public Holidays are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For Books and Magazine reading its 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon Only.

OLD / PREVIOUSLY : The timings of Free library is 8:00 am to 7:00 pm in weekdays and 8:00 am to 12:00 noon during holidays with a nominal charges of Rs.80 per month with an accommodating small seating room for readers. One can also opt for Fees of Rs.250 for lifetime membership.

Address and How to Reach This Free Library

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So where is this library located at Dhobi Talao ? Its very near to Metro Cinema at Marine Lines Station (East) location. So in western railway route, get down at Marine lines station (2nd station from Churchgate) and walk for 5 minutes to reach this library.

See also : List of Public Private Libraries in Mumbai.

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