Note: In line with the Delhi government's latest guidance, our Delhi premises will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays until further notice. Physical browsing and borrowing of books from the library will be unavailable to members in Delhi during curfew hours. Members can continue to access our wide range of resources online, and stay connected with us through our series of online events and programmes.

Members in Kolkata and Chennai can visit the library, self-browse and borrow their favourite books, DVDs, and magazines and return them to the drop-box by the due date. This facility is in continuation to the online book ordering and pickup service.

 Here's how you can make an appointment online

Please note that for Family Membership, only the person in whose name the membership exists will be allowed access to the library.

Visit the library

Please note:

  • You can book an appointment by logging onto your Digital Library account and then visit the library on the allotted date and time from Monday to Saturday, 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • Please book your appointment no later than 4.00 p.m. for a visit scheduled on the following day.
  • If the requested time slot isn’t available owing to restrictions on the number of people allowed inside the library at a given time, you can choose from alternative available time slots.
  • You will be required to fill up a mandatory online health declaration form.
  • 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.
  • Your stay in the library will be for an allotted time of one hour only. During this time, you can browse through the collection and select your books for borrowing. Please note that the library space will not be available for reading at the moment.
  • 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. The Digital Library can now be accessed through the mobile app MyLoft. Contact IndiaLibraries@britishcouncil.org to register for the MyLoft App.
  • You can email us at IndiaLibraries@britishcouncil.org for any queries.

Try our book pickup and drop service

Library members in Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata can now avail our online book ordering and pickup service.

As part of the service, you will be able to pre-select your favourite books from our physical collection and collect them from the British Council Library at the given date and time. 

Here's how to order library books online

Please note: 

  • 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. till 5.00 p.m. Please adhere to the time slot shared with you for the pickup and drop-off.
  • 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 can use the drop-box kept at the security gate to return the borrowed items.
  • You must wear a mask, carry a hand sanitiser, and practice social distancing norms at all times.
  • 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. The Digital Library can now be accessed through the mobile app MyLoft. Contact IndiaLibraries@britishcouncil.org to register for the MyLoft App.
  • You can email us at IndiaLibraries@britishcouncil.org for any queries.