State Central Library Palayam, Trivandrum

September 1, 2018
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Rush to the quiet place of otherworldly wisdom for relief from the humdrum of the city and get lost in the folds of the library. The smell of old books and silence will greet you right at the front door, welcoming you to enjoy a drink from this cup of old wine.
Dating back to 1830, the Public Library near Palayam is one of the oldest in the country. Housed in a spectacular building with all the charms of the traditional and old, the red and white structure, the State Central Library of Kerala, also called the Public Library, holds more than just books. Maharaja Swati Thirunal Rama Varma, a keen admirer of music and literature was the mastermind behind the library. Although this library and its collection were open only to an elite class during its initial days, the library soon was made accessible to the public in the year 1898 as its administrative control was handed over from the hands of Col. Edward Cadogan to the Government. Since its opening, the Library has quietly boasted a collection of some of the rarest manuscripts, but only to those who ventured into its deep corridors.
The library is also techno-savvy in its own ways. Besides the vast collection of physical books including rare books, the Trivandrum Public Library also has an ample collection of digital books. Spend a day at the Trivandrum Public Library and explore the best of all worlds. You can find all classics of major languages as well a section exclusively for kids. Bring in your tiny tots and let them drift into a world of reading. The Library is also opening a “Braille Wing” adjacent to the main building, making this 19th-century institution differently-able friendly.