David Sassoon Library, Mumbai
This one of my favourite buildings in Mumbai. It was built in 1870. The David Sassoon Library and Reading Room is a three-storied public library. It is located at Kalaghoda in Mumbai (Fort).
Apart from being a store house of different interesting books, this library also provides a relaxing reading environment to its readers.
It is one of the oldest Library and Reading rooms in use in Mumbai.
The library’s main assets are the rare books, some books published way back in 1798.
It is very peaceful and cool inside and worth a visit. It was not a problem to visit the building, but no photos to be taken inside.
This attractive church-like Gothic library was designed by Scott McClelland in 1870 as the Sassoon Mechanic's Institute. The Sassoon family, who are of Baghdadi Jewish descent, funded the construction and the library was donated to the city by Sir Albert Abdullah Sassoon. In 1938, after the Institute's activities ceased, the building became a library and was renamed the David Sassoon Library, after Albert's father.
Built during British India in 1847 by Sir Albert Sassoon, the David Sassoon Library took some 23 years to complete. Named after his father David Sassoon, who donated Rs. 60,000 in 1863 for its construction, the cost of the building amounted to Rs 125,000, a hefty sum in pre-independent India. The idea for building the library came from a group of young mechanics and foremen of the Royal Mint and Government Dockyard who decided to establish a museum and library of mechanical models and architectural designs.
This building looks great from the outside but looks pretty run down on the inside. It was named after a Jewish philantropist who funded part of the cost of built. It is members on entry but staff didn't seem to mind when we went in. You may mistake it for a cathedral rather than a library.