The Indian Institute of World Culture

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Indian Institute of World Culture
Established August, 1945
Type Public Library
Director B. P. Wadia
Location Bangalore, Karnataka, India

The Indian Institute of World Culture (IIWC), located in B.P Wadia Road, Basavanagudi,Bengaluru, is a popular public library and is a hub for reading and recreational activities. It was established in August 1945. It houses a collection of books for people of all ages. It offers a whole world of knowledge in literature, arts, science and culture at reasonable costs. One can sit there and read or borrow one book and two magazines at a time for 15 days.

With a collection of over 45,000 books this library is known for old books (English and Kannada), particularly literature. A lot of academic books also promise apt guidance to aspiring students. There is a good collection of subject books here which can prove to be a great help. And to top it all is its Rs. 380 annual membership charge which promises so much for less.

A separate building houses the children’s library, with about 10,000 books. Besides course books for students up to Class 12, there are myriad number of comics, fiction books by Jeffrey Archer, General knowledge books, Ruskin Bond collection, story books and the like. Art classes and Bhajan classes are a specialty of this section as well that promise to enthuse a mix of creativity and culture in the younger generation. Summer programs like puppetry, quiz, clay modeling, story telling and theater are also held for children.

The library has been conducting interactive programs in which eminent personalities like historian Arnold Toynbee, diplomat Ralph Bunche and philosophers, scholars and scientists including a number of Nobel Laureates have earlier taken part. Such scholarly meets continue to be a regularity here.