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Madras Literary Society

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  • LOCATION:

    45, 16, College Rd, DPI Campus, Thousand Lights West, Thousand Lights, Chennai

  • Exhibition Hours

    Monday - Saturday

    9 am- 5 pm

About the Venue

The Madras Literary Society was founded in 1812. It has around 55,000 books in its collection, mostly English, and is a subscription library. It is a learned society in Chennai, which in 1830 became associated with the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. The Madras Literary Society is a treasure trove of archaic books and venerable first editions from the 16th century. The history of the Madras Literary Society can be traced back to the College of Fort St. George set up by the British East India Company in the early 1800s to help English engineers get accustomed to the vernacular language, practices and customs.

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