Dehradun has always had its share in the Literary World. There have been many extraordinary writers and poets from the Doon Valley who have produced some peerless piece of work and have helped Doon to have a diversified literary background. The very renowned writer Ruskin Bond has had his experiences of the Valley’s beauty, penned down in his works over the past which has brought fame and a good name to Dehradun and Mussoorie, in the Literary World. To satiate the hunger of knowledge and have a taste of worldly languages, today we have a list of Libraries in Dehradun for all you Literary aficionados. So to know about it, read along.
1. Mahatma Khushi Ram Public Library
A Heritage Library of Dehradun, Mahatma Khushi Ram Public Library was established in 1921 and has been running strong since the last 97 years. The Library is the brainchild of Mahatma Khushi Ram who was a retired postmaster and a philanthropist. This historic reader’s delight houses a number of more than 45,000 books in various categories. You will find a plethora of books on India’s Cultural Heritage and National Integration as well as Science, Religion and Philosophy. Besides the Upanishads, the Vedas and the Puranas, there is modern encyclopedias, journals for students preparing for competitive exams and materials for researchers for their reading and reference. You will also find books on religion and spirituality in different languages such as Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, English, Bengali, Punjabi and Tamil among others.
Summers-(8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m)& (5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m)
Winters-(8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m) & (4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m)
Membership Fees: Rs. 25/month
Security: Rs. 300 (Refundable after 6 months)
Admission Fees: Rs. 100
Contact & Address
12, Gandhi Road, Dehradun
2. The Doon Library & Research Centre
The Doon Library is located near Parade Ground in Dehradun. It was established on December 8 in 2006 with the purpose of having an organised and modernised area for scholars and researches of social science and humanities. The Library was not established with the sole purpose of being a treasure trove of books, but a research centre for carrying out various researches on the Himalayas in general and Uttarakhand in particular. The library is a storehouse of material on society, economy, history, culture, ethnography, literature, folklore and polity in the Himalayan areas of India and specially Uttarakhand. The research centre aids as a centre of intellectual and academic activities in the region. There is already a total of 13,500 books in the Doon Library in Dehradun. It also has a subscription of over 50 journals in social science and humanities. To provide a spectacular service to the citizens of Dehradun, The Doon Library & Research Centre in Dehradun has also introduced a mobile library to the old citizens and the students who are unable to reach at the Library that often.
For Newspapers & Magazines- 08:00 am to 08:00 pm (Mon-Sun)
For Books & Journal- 10:00 am to 06:00 pm (Mon-Sat, excluding 2nd Saturday & Holidays)
Contact & Address
Doon Library and Research Centre,
21 Parade Ground,
Dehradun- 248001 +91-135-2711485
3. Songsten Library
Songsten Library is located at Sahashtradhara Road in Dehradun. It is a piece of art which serves as a centre of Tibetan and Himalayan studies. It was established by His Holiness The Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, the head of Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibet Buddhism with the motive to preserve and promote studies on Tibet and the Himalayas. His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama inaugurated the library on March 6, 2003. It is named after the 33rd Tibetan King Songsten Gampo (617-650 AD). The building of the Library represents the ancient Tibetan architecture, its design is inspired by Yumbhu Lakhar, popularly known as Tibet’s first castle and was built in 2nd century B.C. by King Nyatri Tsenpo.
The Library has a collection of rare manuscripts on Tibet and The Himalayas. There is a collection of books on the Dunhuang Documents, which seeks a lot of attention by the readers. There is also the earliest written scripts on Tibetan culture and society, all these documents were discovered in the early part of the 20th century in Central Asia. Other important publications are in various languages of Buddhist Kagyur and the commentaries of great scholars. You will find the Bin Kagyur and Tengyur in this collection. The Library is well equipped with modern technology for the reproduction, storage and retrieval of fragile manuscripts, films and photos. It has the Internet facilities as well. International students, researches, scholars and academicians can stay and study at Songsten Library.
Contact & Address
Songsten Library, Centre for Tibetan & Himalyan Studies,
P.O Kulhan, Sahastradhara Road
4. National Forest Library & Information Centre (NFLIC)
The National Forest Library & Information Centre is one amongst the most wealthiest and well-stocked library on forestry and allied sciences in South and Southeast Asia. The Library has its history parallel to the establishment of FRI in 1906. It started with only some hundreds of books and a few periodical titles in English and German languages. The Library was quiet spacious starting from the front wing next to the convocation hall, along with having all the major facilities since 1929. It was later given a separate building which was constructed in the Chaturvedi Road in the campus and the Library was shifted there to accommodate 1.5 lakh books and display about 300 current journal titles.
With the constitution of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC ), Govt. of India in the year 1986, the then Central Library of FRI was upgraded to National Forest Library and Information Centre (NFLIC), the acquisition of books and subscription to journals increased manifold. The Library also started computerization of its operations. Several CD-ROM based bibliographical databases started being acquired. A new modern library building with all up-to-date facilities was constructed on the Pearson Road, and the NFLIC shifted therein in the year 2000.
Contact & Address
Pearson Rd, Forest Research Institute, Indian Military Academy
5. Central Library
The Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) Library, set up by the Government of India in Dehradun. When IIRS started it had a small collection of books and journals. Eventually as it expanded, it became a treasure trove which has one amongst the best collection in Remote sensing and its application areas amongst all the Libraries in Dehradun. The Library serves the institution needs of the scientists, researchers and students of the institute. The IIRS Library in Doon is expanding every single day by upgrading both, its collection and technology respectively.
IIRS Library has a wide range of collection of documents in the form of Books, Proceedings, Theses, and Reports etc. to meet the requirements of its users.
- Books & Monographs – 15335
- Reference Books – 275
- Dictionaries- 100
- Encyclopedias – 35
- Atlases- 25
- Conference Proceedings- 340
- Technical Reports- 1450
- Theses/Dissertations – 1767
- Multimedia CD- 142
Current Journals/Serials – 96 (Print)
Online Journal – 434
Journals (Back Volumes) – 6606
Contact & Address
Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, ISRO
Dept. of Space, Govt. of India,
4 Kalidas Road,
Dehradun – 248001
Some other Libraries in Dehradun are
- Sri Guru Nanak Public Library
33, Kanwali Road, Tilak Nagar
- Gandhi Library
Gandhi Road, Harrawala
- Bengali Library
Karanpur Road, Chironiwali
- Jila Pustakalya Dehradun
7-a, Race Course Rd, Guru Nanak Vihar,
- Azim Premji Library
Panchpuri Colony, Dalanwala,
- Gurudev Library
Panchayati Mandir, 118/91,
Old Dalanwala, Near Karanpur
- Library and Documentation Centre, WII
These were some of the well known Libraries in Dehradun. If all you nerds out there think that we missed anything then do tell us in the comment section below.