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A little over 2 decades ago, in 1992, a door opened in Kolkata to a room with murals on its walls, dolphins painted on its ceiling, a stage for performances, chairs and tables in rainbow colors, hundreds of books, magazines, puzzles and toys. Curious street children peeked in. Used to dirty back alleys of Park Street, they saw a series of queer alleyways, between shelves lined with books that invited them to come in and explore.

Since that day ie February 26th,1992 the Apeejay Anand Children’s Library set up in loving memory of Anand Paul [1972-1989], became the safe haven that protected their reveries, gave flight to what they had thought, were just fanciful day dreams. Conceptualized as a visually exciting and happy space that draws kids in, Apeejay Anand Children’s Library, has over the years, become a stimulating learning stations.

The Salt Lake and Park Street, Libraries in Kolkata are a unique Education Support Program that also helps Apeejay Education Trust, under which Apeejay Schools are run, to identify and sponsor education of talented children from underprivileged backgrounds. To know more please click here Anand Library Scholarships

The mission of the Anand Library grows in more ways than one. Apeejay Trust is directly collaborating with NGOs in other cities who care for urban and poor children. In collaboration with NGO Apne Aap a third Library was opened in Kolkata’s Khidirpur area in one of the NGOs centres ; one was opened in Chennai run by Bhumi, an NGO in Nari Kuravar School part of a 24 hour shelter home for boys ; one in New Delhi run by Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO in their 24 hours Shelter home for boys, one in Gurgaon run by Salaam Baalak Trust, an NGO in their 24 hours Shelter home for Girls and one in Chandigarh run by the Vatsal Chaya Trust, an NGO which works with urban and poor children and women.

To visit, To donate or To partner with Apeejay Anand Children's Library, please click here Support Anand Libraries.


Rita Chatterjee
115 Park Street, Kolkata - 700 016
T:  +91 98302 66272