The Anna Centenary Library (ACL), a state-ofthe-art library was inaugurated on September 15, 2010 by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. M Karunanidhi on the occasion of the 102nd birth anniversary of the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr. C N Annadurai popularly called ‘ANNA’. By reason of his great interest towards the books and library, this library is named as ‘Anna Centenary Library’. The foundation stone for the second largest library in Asia continent, a public-centric initiative by the Government of Tamil Nadu was laid down by the then Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, Dr. M Karunanidhi on August 16, 2008, completed in a short span and declared open to the public from 20 September 2010.
The built up area of this centralized air-conditioned library is 3.75 lakh sq. ft., encompasses ground and eight floors. At present, it hosts five lakhs books covering wide range of subjects to serve the information needs of the public, academic and corporate community. ACL has a Braille Section, Own Books Reading Section, Children Section, Periodicals and Newspapers Section, Tamil books Section and English Books Section. In addition, the library has a Conference Hall that can facilitate 200 members. One of the special features of this library is that, it is a partner of the World Digital Library (WDL). The networking of Connemara Public Library with 31 district central libraries is under way. All these libraries will be linked with Anna Centenary Library in course. This library plans to attain twelve lakhs books within three years.