Five places every book lover in Kochi should know!!!

Five places every book lover in Kochi should know!!!

  • 06 Jul 2015
  • Maria John
  • Features
The sight of huge walls and shelves stacked with books, the feel of spanking new book covers, the scent of old and worn out books, finding a book that you knew you were missing all this time, curling up with a hot cuppa and a good story, what else could make a book lover more delighted?  According to some libraries in the city, the size of the reading population in Kochi is on par with large metros. Here is a list of places you can go to get your reading fix and meet people who are waiting for the next best read.

Ernakulam Public Library
Library Building
Convent Road0484-2355491,

The big- old libraryWith over two lakhs of books and 10,000 members to its credit, the Ernakulam public library is one of the oldest and biggest in Kerala. In order to spread its service, there are four extensions of the public library functioning twice a month in the High Court Advocate’s Association Hall, Vennala Federal Park, A.K.G library and GCDA office, Kadavanthara.

Eloor Library
Press Club road,
Marine Drive
0484- 2363539

Where popularity is doesn’t matterStarted in '79, the book house stands with pride on the first floor of an old building at the center of the city. With one lakh books and over 10,000 members to brag about, the library has its branches in Trivandrum, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai. Not many libraries around will benefit you by refunding the whole membership fee in return on canceling the membership. The library never passes any book that comes in the market, yet alone a great book.

EMS Co-operative Library

The beautiful book houseThis three-storied library housing over 87000 books, functioning under the District Co-operative Bank, stands beautifully amidst all the greenery away from the hassle of the city. Apart from separate wings for reference, periodicals, fictions and exclusive collections, what makes this place even more special is its separate wing for the visually challenged. It has a vast children's collection that spreads across its second floor with a mini theater and indoor game section.

Just books
G286, first floor,
Main Avenue,Panampilly Nagar

Reading DeliveredYou have your flowers, pizzas, and even gadgets home delivered. So why not books? With 65 branches spread over 12 cities, Just Books has got a collection of 9 lakh books across 39 categories. You needn’t rush to finish your favorite book as there are no paying fines or overshooting due dates here. You get to order your book online from any branch that will get delivered to your doorstep. Also, you can return the book to any of its branches as well. Now, how cool is that?

Blossom book house
Press Club Road,
Marine Drive

House of used/unsold booksBlossom is proof that unadorned walls, no air conditioning, or no cozy sofas can’t keep a bookstore from going as long as there are book lovers around. Blossom book house is a place of worship for book lovers as they get used and unsold editions of Indian as well as International publishers across all genres at(must say) very generous discounts. Their annual book sales are worth waiting for. Though it is not a library per se, you can buy a book with an advantage of being able to return it for half the price for which you bought it. Sell books here as well.

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