Our libraries in Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata have reopened with care. Members can now sit and read, browse and borrow their favourite books from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 6pm without a prior appointment. To enquire about our facilities and resources, non-members can visit us on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday between 10 am and 6pm.

Please note: As per government guidelines, we are still maintaining a 1 meter social distancing rule. Hence, only a limited number of patrons may access the library at any one time. 

Read below for more details on renewal offers and physical book access options. 

Physical book browsing and borrowing

  • Temperature checks will be carried out at the security gate and if no fever is detected, you will be allowed to enter the premises after sanitising your hands.
  • You must wear a mask, always practise social distancing norms and frequently sanitise your hands during your stay in the library.
  • Borrowing period and other circulation rules will remain unchanged.
  • Unable to log into your account? Reset your password by clicking on 'Forgot your password' or sending an email to IndiaLibraries@britishcouncil.org
  • You can also use the Digital Library and access it through the web and mobile app on your Apple and Android devices or from your member’s login page while using the browser.
  • You can email us at IndiaLibraries@britishcouncil.org for any queries.

Renewal offers

Illuminate your learning experience with super festive offers on membership renewal. Check out the joys we've bundled together for you!

Renew by 31 March and get:

  • Individual membership - Rs 400 off, plus one month extra.
  • Family membership - Rs 400 off plus one month extra.
  • Institutional membership - Discount of INR 3,500 packed with one free place in a management workshop worth 1,200.
  • For teaching centre members - Discount of Rs 400 packed with additional discount of 20% on courses for children and discount of 10% on face-to-face courses for adult learners.

To avail these offers, please contact your nearest library or you can also write to us at Indialibraries@britishcouncil.org

Online book ordering and pick up

  • We encourage our members to borrow books from our libraries using the online book ordering facility during the period of library closure.
  • You can avail the drop box kept at the security gate to return the borrowed items.
  • Once your order is ready, you'll receive an SMS and email asking you to collect your pack from the British Council Library’s security gate.
  • Collections can be made from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.
  • Please adhere to the time slot shared with you for the pick up and drop of the books.
  • You can cancel the order within 24 hours of booking with us. No cancellation requests will be accepted after that.
  • Please bring your membership card and a carry bag when you come to collect your order. No carry bags will be provided by the British Council.
  • You must wear a mask, carry a sanitiser and practice social distancing norms.
  • Borrowing period and other circulation rules will remain unchanged.
  • Unable to log into your account? Reset your password by clicking on 'Forgot your password' or sending an email to IndiaLibraries@britishcouncil.org
  • Individual and Family members can also use the Digital Library until we reopen You can access our Digital Library using the mobile app My LOFT on your Apple and Android devices or from your member’s login page while using the browser.
  • You can email us at IndiaLibraries@britishcouncil.org for any queries.

Book Reading Club - exclusive for Library members

Calling all bookworms to join the online Reading Club session every month. Come and connect with avid readers, discuss interesting books from our vast digital collection and deepen your engagement with books, stories, and people from across cultures and backgrounds.

Check this month's session here - click to know