Top 15 bookstores to buy books in Chennai

Written by Kaitholil Storyboard. Last updated at 2022-07-16 11:56:30

Chennai is a vibrant city with people from all corners of the country. The city offers you a variety of options when it comes to shopping. From high-end brands to cheap stores, Chennai has everything for everyone's taste and budget. However, if you are looking for books, you might have to search harder than usual because very few bookstores in Chennai sell books at reasonable prices.

So if you want some good reading material for yourself or your kids but don't want to spend an arm and leg on it during your trip to Chennai, then here are 20 places that sell books at affordable rates:

1. The British Council Library

The British Council Library has a lot of books on English, which is excellent for those looking to improve their fluency in the language. The library is also home to an impressive collection of books about the English language and its various forms worldwide. Many different types of these books are available, including ones covering grammar, usage, and similar topics.

The British Council Library hosts several events throughout the year that focus on helping people learn more about English or teaching them how to speak it better. These events are always free of charge and open to anyone interested!

2. Amethyst

Amethyst is a bookstore in Ashok Nagar, and it is easy to identify as it has a vast signboard. The store is quite spacious and has all kinds of books on every subject possible, ranging from fiction to non-fiction to self-help books, textbooks, etc. It also sells CDs and DVDs so you can buy them here if you want to listen to or watch something new.

The store's owner is amiable and will help you with your purchase if he sees that you are stuck on what book or CD/DVD would suit your needs better than other options available at his store.

It's one of my favorite places for buying books because they have a fantastic collection there which covers almost all genres like fiction, non-fiction, etc., so I can always find something interesting here without having to go anywhere else looking for another place where I could buy them (which would waste both times as well as money).

3. Higginbothams

Next on our list of the best bookstores in Chennai is Higginbothams. Founded in 1820 by James Bell, this chain of bookstores has a long history of over 200 years and is still going strong. The first store was opened in Fort Cochin, Kerala, where it remained until three decades later when Higginbothams shifted their base to Madras (now known as Chennai). They now have six stores across the city.

Higginbothams does not just sell books but also offers services like printing and publishing for those who want their works published or printed and bound into books. In addition, they provide other services such as restoration work on old manuscripts (if needed), binding old hand-written documents into hardback books, and so on.

4. Connemara Public Library

Connemara Public Library is located in the neighborhood of Mylapore. The library has a distinctly European feel with its high ceilings and tall windows. The ambiance here is perfect for those who want to unwind with a good book while taking in the cool breeze from outside.

The library offers books on various topics: from biographies and memoirs to travelogues and self-help guides, there’s something for everyone at Connemara Public Library! It also stocks comics and graphic novels (including some hard-to-find titles) alongside classic literature by authors such as J.R.R Tolkien or Jane Austen. Suppose you are interested in learning more about different cultures worldwide. In that case, Connemara Public Library also has many books about India's history and current state of affairs under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government (or "ModiNomics").

5. Prageetha Book Centre Pvt. Ltd.

Specialties: Books in English, Tamil, and Hindi languages are available. The bookstore has many books on history, politics, and business management. You can also find books on biographies, self-help guides, and general fiction books here. If you want to buy some science-related books, this is the best place because it has an extensive collection of science-associated titles. The staff is accommodating in guiding customers about the latest arrivals in the store, which makes shopping easier for visitors at Prageetha Book Centre Pvt Ltd.

6. Music World

Music World is a music store that has an extensive collection of books. It is located in Chennai and is famous for its bookselling business. It is an excellent place to buy books from if you're looking for any particular kind of book or want to read something new.

7. Lawrence & Mayo

Lawrence & Mayo is one of the best bookstores in Chennai to buy books online. You will find many comic books, novels, and reference books here. The store also offers a vast collection of autobiographies written by famous authors like Chetan Bhagat and Aravind Adiga.

The bookstore has been around since 1936 and has served generations of customers with their needs for reading material. It has a vast collection, including textbooks for college students and children's books like those used in schools or libraries all over India. Lawrence & Mayo stocks some English language learning materials from countries such as Singapore or China too!

8. Velankanni Book Shop

The Velankanni Book Shop, located in Chennai's Velankanni Church Road, boasts a history of over 100 years. The bookshop has been around since 1904 and can be counted among the oldest bookshops in Chennai.

The number of books displayed at this famous bookstore is staggering—over 90,000 titles can be found here! The store also hosts regular lectures by renowned authors and workshops for aspiring writers to hone their skills.

You can visit this important place between 10 am and 7 pm every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays when it closes early at 4 pm. This store also offers online shopping services (the link is provided above) if you cannot make it out there in person but still want to purchase from them instead of any other retailer in town!

9. Srivari Agencies Pvt Ltd

Srivari Agencies Pvt Ltd is the only book store in Chennai where you will find a wide range of books on travel and adventure, including those that are rare. This is the place to go if you are looking for technical books. There are also regional language titles available here. The shopkeepers know what they sell and will be happy to advise you on your purchase.

10. Devi Arts Emporium

The first thing that will strike you about Devi Arts is the entire store is done up to look like a house, with rooms and corridors and everything. You can also see works of art by artists from across the country. The shop has been open for over 70 years and has every kind of book in its collection—biographies, fiction, non-fiction, mythology, etc. It's located in Chennai's Thousand Lights neighborhood (hence its name).

12. Kalki Group Of Companies

Kalki Group of Companies is a leading publisher of books and magazines. The company was founded in the year 1965, and it has its headquarters in Chennai.

The Kalki Group of Companies publishes books for children, adults, and teachers. They also provide reading material to students studying at schools under CBSE (Central Board Of Secondary Education). The company contains four divisions: Educational Publishing Division, Children's Publishing Division, Arts & Antiques Division, and Publisher Services Division.

13. National Mechanical And Civil Engg College Book Shop

Why is it an excellent place to buy books? It has many books at very reasonable prices with discount offers and student passes that can help you get discounted rates on the text you want to purchase.

14. College Book Shop

College Book Shop is one of the oldest bookstores in Chennai and is a great place to buy books. College Book Shop has been in business since 1949, with a wide selection of books on every topic imaginable. If you're looking for a specific book or author, College Book Shop is one of the best places in town to find them!

15. Infotech Centre for Excellence in Education

Infotech Centre for Excellence in Education is located at No. 6, 2nd Cross Street, Anna Nagar West, Chennai 600 040. It's open from 10 am to 8 pm on weekdays, and 11 am to 6 pm on weekends.

The shop offers a wide variety of books, including educational material such as reference books, general books like fiction and non-fiction, textbooks for various courses (including engineering), language learning materials like dictionaries, and comics/graphic novels.

Some special offers include discount coupons (available with every purchase over Rs 1,500), free shipping within India when you spend more than Rs 5,000 per order (except bulky items), regular readers' discounts (up to 20%), referral discounts if you refer someone else who purchases Infotech Centre for Excellence in Education library store.


We hope that you have found an excellent bookstore for your needs. If not, we invite you to comment below and let us know which one should be on our top 15 list!

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