The Auroville Library, located on the crown road near the Solar Kitchen, has been in operation for over 25 years now, housing and lending out a wide selection of books. Today it contains some 28,000 volumes in seven languages – English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch and Russian. All the books are divided up by subject matter into approximately 60 different sections, including a section especially for children. The library is using a professional computer software for cataloging and organizing the books.
The library opens every weekday morning 9 to 12.30, and on Saturday afternoon 4 to 6:30 pm. It is planned to open every afternoon and in the evening. Meanwhile the library meets the needs of some 450 regular and 250 irregular book borrowers within Auroville, plus a number of guests and some Auroville workers. On average, at present around 1,300 books are loaned out each month. In addition to the books, most of which have been donated over the years, or purchased using a relatively small budget which rarely allows for more than 200 new works a year, the Auroville Library also maintains a number of subscriptions to weekly and monthly Indian and international journals. The latter are laid out for reading in a separate area of the library.
Crown Road, Near Solar Kitchen
Auroville, Tamil Nadu