Welcome to the American Library Chennai
Opened in 1947, the American Library Chennai was established to promote understanding between the people of South India and the United States. In addition to its excellent collections in the social sciences, business, management, and American Literature, the Library provides information on the United States, its democratic institutions, history, and politics. The American Library serves the general public, including students, teachers, researchers, government officials, media representatives, entrepreneurs and scholars. General access to the Library is free and intended as a service to the people South India from the people of the United States. Fees for other services apply.
At the American Library a group of dedicated librarians will help you find a wide range of resources, programs and services that provide accurate and up-to-date information on American governmental and non-governmental institutions, policies, the economy, global issues, institutions, society, culture, literature, history and contemporary life.
Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to seeing you at the Library.
Location and Hours
The American Library
U.S. Consulate General, Chennai
Chennai 600 006
Library Director: 044-2857 4074
Circulation/Membeship Desk: 044-2857 4223/4041/4321
Reference Desk: 044 – 2857 4017/4089
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9.30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Important Security Instructions
All visitors are requested to conform to security regulations and produce a valid photo Identification (ID) at the entrance. Acceptable photo IDs are: passport, driver's license, voter ID card, Permanent Account Number (PAN Card), government/ employer issued ID, or college/university issued ID. The American Center will only accept original IDs and not photocopies.
Monday - Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The library is closed on Indian and American Holidays. Please see the Holiday list.
New at the Library
Connect With Your Library
Join the American Library for orientation sessions on library resources, education, and visas on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m.