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“Library with great external structure, but no copy of Divine Comedy”

Town Hall (Asiatic Society Library)
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Ranked #120 of 511 things to do in Mumbai
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

The Asiatic library is free and great place to read books and newspapers. You have to sign it to go inside and photography is not allowed. The library is build in Greco roman style and has 8 Doric columns and 30 steps leading into the library.
It has one of the two original copies of Dante's "Divine Comedy", though on inquiring at the office the staff mentioned that the copy is in the State Bank of India locker and hence not viewable, a shame for such a rare manuscript. The fee to become a member is Rs 1500 and you have to be referred by an existing member.
The place is good for photographers since photographers can get creative with the 8 columns and the steps.

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Reviewed 26 September 2013

I go across this place daily en route to my office. Nice Arranged interiors. Loads of Books and Periodicals for enrichment of knowledge. Best thing is you are allowed to sit inside and view the books on production of ID proof, no need to be a member. Since it is situated on the main road, the place is always buzzing with activity. However if you are inside the library, the outside noise is totally silenced

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Reviewed 2 June 2013

I have seen the library from inside , though I myself is not a member. I happened to be there fro some reference book. Building is very good peace of architect.

1  Thank Vidyadhar S
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

This is an impressive building just next to Horniman Circle (yeah, such a circle actually exists in mumbai - what were they thinking...). :)
While the facade of the building is truly impressive, it's almost impossible to get in as nobody knows the opening hours and information is simply not available.

1  Thank TheShis
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

We were a group of 8 people and we could not get proper information about the place many people told we will have guides available there but we could not see any one there. but its ok for a visit

2  Thank iamsoulman
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