A new lease of life for a 200-year-old Indian library

17 December 2016

The 204-year-old Madras Literary Society in Chennai is getting a new lease of life, thanks to youthful volunteers and a social media campaign.

The sight takes your breath away.

As you step in, you encounter bookshelf after bookshelf rising up from the floor to the ceiling. It is as though you have stumbled upon a waterfall of books.

It houses more than 55,000 books, including a huge collection of tomes that are between 150 and 300 years old.

From outside, the imposing red brick building, which was constructed in 1905, looks like something out of a British period movie.

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