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About the Library


In Recognition of the importance of the Library Service, it was decided to establish Public Library Service, it was established on 15.03.1955. The Foundation Stone for the New Library Building was laid on 27th August 2000 by Honourable Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Dr. Kalaingar.M.Karunanithi and was formally opened on 10.11.2002.


It is a Magnificent Hall with a Splendid reading Room, Consulting Room, Senior Citizen Readers Room, Children’s Book Room, Browsing Room, Lending Books Hall.All of the Beautiful Glass and Aluminium Fitting Rooms. A Beautiful Steel Books Shelves have been installed in the all Section and very attractive Library Building Constructed Near by Bus Stand. The Buildings having 10,020 Sqft. The Total cost Value of the buildings Rs.87 Lakhs.


The Library became the Public Library with effect from 15th March 1955 under the Provisions of the Tamilnadu Public Libraries Act 1948. The District Central Library inaugurated 14th October 1996.

Staff And Service

The Total Staff Strength is 10. With this staff strength, this library is providing service to the user community through the following Sections.

Reference Section, Text book Section, Lending Section, Civil Service Section, Periodical Section, Reprographic Section, Language Book Section, Internet Service Section, Children’s Section, Senior Citizen Section.


The Expenditure for Maintaining the Library is met by the Government of the Tamilnadu by House tax per Rs.10 Paise from chess collection and from through other Miscellaneous Receipt and the Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation Calcutta is also finance Assistance.


Membership Open any resident of Nagai Municipal and around the area and its Vicinity who is 15 years age and above. Every Member can borrow Maximum of one book for a Period of fourteen days by depositing Rs.20/-. An Annual Subscription of Rs.10/- Per member is collected every financial year. At Present this Library had 10503 members on roll.

Number of BooksDepositAnnual SubscriptionTotal Amount
One Rs 20 Rs 10 Rs 30
Two Rs 40 Rs 10 Rs 50
There Rs 50 Rs 10 Rs 60

Working Hours

Nagapattinam District Central Library serves the public daily from 8.00A.M. to 8.00P.M. with out any break throughout the year. The library is closed on three National holidays and selected festival holidays a year. i.e. Pongal, Pooja Holidays, Deepavali and Christmas.


In the early 2004 Nagapattinam District Central Library Started the Path of Computerisation with three clients & Server running and Database software. This Computers were Put in good use highly efficient staff. In February 2008 in Budget increased Rs.One Lakhs twenty five thousand and six eighty three and Four Nodes and one printer with Latest configuration were acquired reflecting one more step towards total computerization. These four computers are used for the Public Purpose in Browsing section.

Xerox Section

The need of copying some important facts, criteria of books, employment news, and department exam results for the users are met by the Xerox section with nominal fee, which is well appreciated by many members.

Internet Facilities

Members can avail the facilities of using internet at a nominal charge of Rs.10/- per hour . only for Education purpose.

Reader's Forum

A well – established Reader’s Forum is functioning in the Library. The Forum is Organizes Library meetings Noolaga Vaara Vizha and book releasing functions in the Library for the benefit of the readers.

Statistical Information for the Period
From January 2009 To March 2010
Stock of Volumes 73375
Members 10503
Users 72352
Books Consulted 30356
Books Lent 20993
Total Books Used 51349

Highlights :
1955 Lending Service, Open Access Introduced
1990 First Patron
1996 Inauguration of the DCL Library
2000 Foundation Stone Laid
2002 Inauguration of the New Building
2002 Civil Services Study Circle Opened
2004 Computer Unit Installed
2004 Internet Browsing Centre Inauguration
2004 Xerox Facilities Introduced
2007 Two Storied New Building Added

Contact :
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District Central Library,

Public Office Road,




Nagapattinam District Central Library is truly multifaceted institution Providing information, inspiration and recreation to research, reference and general reading public not only to the resident of Nagapattinam but also to the entire District in this noble task, highly motivated and dedicated staff members are constantly updating to realize the needs of the readers and every day challenges in the Profession.