Central Library is a four-storey building, situated just opposite to where Nazarbaug Palace was.
The Cental Library was actually born in Laxmi Vilas Palace of Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad, who were the pioneer of public library movement in India that began in 1906. He also donated 20,000 books as a ‘seed’ collection to get Library on its feet. The Library was actually housed in Sarkarwada, but now its moved just opposite to it.
Library has distinctive shelf-rack and glass flooring system that is disaster-proof, which allows for as much natural daylight as possible and, most importantly, is extremely user and book-friendly. The Library has 350+ flexible racks, which has capacity of storing 3 lac books.
The Central Library is now managed by Directorate of Libraries, Government of Gujarat. The state also has a unique distinction of being the only one in India with two state libraries – the one in Vadodara (Baroda) and the new one in Gandhinagar, built in 1982-83.
The Library is now well-modernized and has implemented computerized catalogue and also has Video Facility in Children’s Section.
The Library currently holds more than 8000 active members.