Established as the state library of the Government of Tamil Nadu, The Anna Centenary Library or ACL was built on 8 acres of land. Located at Kotturpuram, Chennai- in the state of Tamil Nadu, it was named after a former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, C. N. Annadurai. At the entrance of the main buildingis a 5 ft bronze statue of C.N. Annadurai. Built at a cost of ₹172 crores, the Anna Centenary Library. was opened by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi. Soon after the inauguration in October 2010, the library placed an order involving 35,174 books worth £1.275 million with the Cambridge University Press (CUP), resulting in the biggest ever sale in CUP's history to an academic library in India and the biggest invoice CUP has ever issued. This 9-floor library houses a total area of 333,140 sq. ft and has a capacity to accommodate approximately 1.2 million books. The Anna Centenary Library also houses an auditorium of 50,000 sq. ft. with a seating capacity of 1,280 as well as an amphitheatre on the terrace that can accommodate more than 800 persons. Its two conference halls have capacities of 151 and 30 persons respectively. It is believed to be visited by about 2700 persons every day.
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It has been estimated that the average number of people who visited the library between January and October 2011 is around 26,500, compared to the monthly average of 20,000 in 2010. As of now, authorities at The Anna Centenary Library have planned to adopt an integrated library management system that includes automated issue and return of books, user smart cards, access controls, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and self-check counters. The library also has a dedicated children's section which is spread over an area of 15,000 sq. ft. The children's area has a fun-filled theme-based reading area with multimedia kits and storybooks. This library also has a special section for Braille. In the month of July in 2010, the Anna Centenary library building received the LEED NC Gold rating from IGBC and was thus the first library building in Asia to receive this recognition.
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