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Welcome to the American Library Chennai

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai welcomes you to the new American Library!  Since its establishment in 1947, the Library has played a special role in the relationship between the people of the United States and South India.  So many people across the region have shared their memories of the American Library with us – how it inspired, informed, and challenged them.  The new library promises to continue that tradition for a new generation of South Indians and welcome back our old friends.  Just as the U.S.-India partnership has risen to new levels, the American Library is also evolving.  With a new event space, video viewing coves, online kiosks and much more, the Library has moved into the 21st century.   

  • Grab a seat in our new event space to experience American culture, interact with U.S. diplomats, learn more about the United States and the U.S.-India partnership, or speak to education advisors and alumni!   
  • Get lost in our wealth of online and electronic resources, including our popular eLibrary, which houses more than 30 specialized databases!
  • Choose from an extensive selection of American movies and documentaries, and then sit down and watch them alone or with a friend in our comfortable viewing coves!
  • Bring the kids and enjoy our expanded children’s area, full of books, videos, and educational activities for even our youngest visitors!

The Library includes more than 15,000 books.  In addition to our collections in the social sciences, business, management, and American Literature, the Library provides information on the United States, its democratic institutions, history, and politics. Our dedicated staff provide a wide range of resources and services, offering 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.   

Library admission is free and open to the general public. Fees for other services apply.   

Rediscover the American Library in Chennai!  We look forward to seeing you soon!  

American Library Access Instructions:
Visitors to the American Library must bring valid original Photo Identification (ID) to the Consulate General’s Cathedral Road entrance. Acceptable photo IDs include passports, driver’s licenses, voter ID cards, PAN cards, Aadhaar cards, and government employer or college/university issued IDs. Please bring original IDsPhotocopies will not be accepted. All electronic devices must be deposited with our security staff before entering the building. Please note that there is no vehicle/two-wheeler parking available at the Consulate.

Location and Hours

The American Library  

U.S. Consulate General, Chennai
220, Anna Salai
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.   

Library Hours

  • Monday - Saturday
    9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    The library is closed on Indian and American Holidays. Please see the Holiday 2016 list.

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