Whether you need to make an affordable escape to a new world or just need to dive into the world of your favorite book, the best place for book enthusiasts is the library. In Bangladesh, Bangla literature is rich and English books are also widely read and loved. So, for book lovers, the library is the go-to place for an enjoyable time.
If you are looking for a place to find and read books peacefully, check out this list of the best libraries in Dhaka for the bookworms.
1. Sufia Kamal National Public Library
Established in 1954, Sufia Kamal National Public Library is the national library under Dhaka University. It is the largest public library in Bangladesh. This huge library’s grounds also holds cultural events. The library has a huge collection of books, also includes a reprography service, conservation action and in-house bindery.
2. Pathak Samabesh
For a cozy date with your favorite book, a fantastic spot is Pathak Samabesh. Popular among people of all ages, this library is also a bookstore with a great collection of books. Reviving the joys of reading paperbacks, the environment of the library encourages creativity. Different genres are available including concept books, picture books, fiction, children’s books, romance, fantasy and more.
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Bookworm is one of the oldest libraries in Dhaka. Tucked in a corner of Old Airport Road, this store is a haven for book lovers. With its largest collection of ENglish books and welcoming staff, it’s hard for people not to come back here for a passionate reading experience.
4. Baatighar Dhaka
Baatighar Dhaka started its journey in 2005 in Chittagong. Currently, with its popularity and love from book-lovers, it has opened its doors in three districts of Bangladesh- Dhaka and Sylhet besides Chittagong. This place is a fantastic place to get lost in the world of your book- be it fantasy or historical books. Its creative and warm interior makes the reading experience reach on a higher level.
5. BSK LIBRARY
Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (BSK) is a library founded to promote reading habits in Bangladesh. The name translated ‘World-Literature Centre’. It was popularized by writer and activist Abdullah Abu Sayeed, who introduced the library as Bhrammaman Library (mobile library). The library contains thousands of books and is ideal for readers of any age.
6. BANBEIS Library
Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS) offers a wide range of books in its library. It is a well-lit and clean place for readers to enjoy reading endlessly. The library staff also organizes writing and dissemination activities or workshops to promote literature and linguistics.
PBS is a gem for book lovers. If you want to feel the ecstatic leap of joy and wander in a book’s world, then this place is for you. There are large sections of organized Bengali and English fiction and non-fiction. You will also find a children’s reading and play zone with shelves of colorful children books.
8. Dhaka University Library
The Dhaka University Library is the central library of the University of Dhaka. Established in 1921, this library has a huge collection of over six lakh eighty thousand (680,000) books and journals. Being the largest library in the country, it holds a meaningful history to book enthusiasts.
9. British Council Library
With a great collection of English and other language books, the British Council Library is a famous library. They offer membership cards both online and offline. The library not only has a beautiful reading place but also offers paid workshops for writers and readers to encourage love for books.
10. Bengal Boi
Bengal Boi is not really a traditional library, rather it is a cafe-library. People can buy books and read them here. This unique reading space is beautifully designed and the cafe offers delicious meals and snacks along with coffees.
Whether you are a bookworm or not, from time to time you can visit any of the listed best libraries in Dhaka and enjoy spending time with tons of books in the sacred place of the library.