Dhobi Talao People’s Free Library and Reading Room in Mumbai

“Located at Dhobi Talao, Marine Lines in Mumbai, People’s Free Library stands as one of the few public libraries in the city that offers free access to all.”

Peoples Free Reading Library Dhobi Talao Mumbai
Peoples Free Reading Library Dhobi Talao Mumbai

Inside People’s Free Library

In 1845, the library was established under the name Bombay Native General Library. However, it underwent a transformation and was renamed as the People’s Free Public Library of Mumbai in 1891, after merging with the N M Wadia Library. Back in the day, a generous Gujarati gentleman named ‘Damodur Gordhandas Sookhdwala’ selflessly donated his property at Dhobi Talao to establish this public library.

Over the years, it has amassed a remarkable collection of ancient British magazines, novels, and newspapers. Additionally, it houses an extensive selection of biographies and philosophical works. Interestingly, the current generation, including students and the general public, seems to be particularly drawn to the novels available in this literary haven.

The library offers a variety of services such as borrowing books, interlibrary loans, photocopying, assistance with finding specific content, alerts for special issues, access to online databases, online catalog search, orientation programs, and an internet lab.

Standing tall with its sideburns and nose dismembered, the statue of John Harkness, Principal of Elphinstone College, was commissioned by ‘His Pupils, Assisted by the Leading Members of Native Community’. Nowrozjie Furdoonjei, a prominent figure recognized for championing the social and political progress of his fellow countrymen, is commemorated with yet another statue among student readers.

He lived from 1817 to 1885.John Harkness, Principal of Elphinstone College, is commemorated by yet another statue. This time, the statue was commissioned by ‘His Pupils, Assisted by the Leading Members of the Native Community’.

Within the Library, there is a table crafted from marble specifically designed for writing, bearing the inscription “In memory of F. B. Khan” along with a monogram that reads MFK.

Step into our treasure trove of literary wonders. The collection of vintage books and novels boasts an extensive array of Indian fiction, captivating Time magazine editions, gripping biographies, enchanting foreign fiction, thought-provoking Parsi literature, profound European philosophy, and even a selection of newspapers from around the world. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of words and embark on a journey through time and cultures.

Free Library Membership Fee Details

Step into a world of nostalgia and immerse yourself in the captivating collection of books, magazines, and old novels, alongside the timeless charm of wooden furniture. In this era dominated by digital devices and e-readers, this sight is truly a treasure worth exploring.

The reading area can be found on the first level, with an additional floor above it. Students have the option to pay Rs.200 per month, with a discounted rate of Rs.500 per quarter and Rs.1000 for a total of 6 months.

Non-student members who wish to join can enjoy the perks for a lifetime membership fee of Rs.1500. Out of this amount, Rs.1000 is refundable, while only Rs.500 is considered as fees and an entry pass.

Library Timings for Members and Students

Attention students! They have some exciting news about our timings just for you. From Monday to Friday, you can now enjoy our services from 8am all the way until 7pm. And on Sundays and public holidays, we’ll be open from 8am to 7pm, so you can make the most of your free time.

But wait, there’s more. For our other valued members, They have extended our timings to accommodate your busy schedules. Starting from Monday to Saturday, you can access our services from 9am until 8pm. And on Sundays and public holidays, we’ll be open from 9am to 1pm, allowing you to have a productive start to your day.

Calling all bookworms and magazine enthusiasts. They have a special treat for you. Our reading section will be open from 8am all the way until the afternoon. So whether you’re an early bird or prefer a leisurely afternoon read, we’ve got you covered.

Come on down and make the most of our extended timings.

Reaching the Library

Looking for the library in Dhobi Talao? It’s conveniently close to Metro Inox Cinema at Marine Lines Station (East). If you’re taking the western railway route, just hop off at Marine Lines station (the 2nd station from Churchgate) and take a short 5-minute walk to get to the library.

Address : JSS Road, Opposite Metro Inox Cinemas, Dhobitalao, Sonapur, Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400002.

Contact: +91-22-22013050.

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See also : List of Public Private Libraries in Mumbai.

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