Established in 1817, Madras Literary Society is the oldest lending library in South India. The oldest book available here is Aristotle's Opera Omnia in Greek and Latin published in 1619. The library houses around 80,000 books, but most of them have suffered the travails of time and their battered selves are a battle cry for restoration. A place that once attracted illustrious lot such as Subha Chandra Bose, Annie Besant, T. T. Krishnamachari and C. P. Ramaswami Iyer

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