The library was opened on 16 May 1827, the library was opened by Desbassyns de Richemont, and was housed within the P.W.D building till it was transferred to Rue des Capucins (Romain Rolland Street). Previously known as 'Bibliotheque Publique', it is one of the oldest libraries in the country and the biggest in the Union Territory In the first ten years the entry of the natives was restricted. Only after 1837, the local population was allowed in the library so that they could learn French and be integrated into the clerical class. In August 1967 the library was named after Roman Rolland, a renowned French scholar and popular among many eminent Indians of the time such as Mahatma Gandhi. In 1974, the library was brought to the current location, beside the Raj Nivas.

The Romain Rolland library, now has a rich collection of more than 3, 00,000 volumes of books both in French, English, and Tamil. There is also a dedicated children’s wing in the library.

Romain Rolland Library


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