Best libraries in Bangkok

A roundup of the city's best reading spaces to enhance your knowledge and, perhaps, imagination
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From the newest to the coolest, here are our picks of the best libraries in Bangkok where you, bookworms, can cuddle up with good books.

The best libraries in Bangkok

TCDC Resource Center
TCDC Resource Center
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TCDC Resource Center

icon-location-pin Charoenkrung

TCDC Resource Center library is the true crown jewel of the new Thailand Creative & Design Center (TCDC) on Charoenkrung. The modern space displays more than 18,000 art and design books, one of the largest collections of its kind in Thailand.

Entry: B100/day

Annual membership: B1,200/adult, B600/student

 

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Bank of Thailand library
Bank of Thailand Learning Center
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Bank of Thailand Library

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One of the very few libraries in Bangkok with river views. Bangkok of Thailand Library is located on the second and third floor of Bank of Thailand Learning Center, offering over 30,000 books. Members also get access to more than 7,000 digital archives from libraries around the world. 

Entry fee: Free 

Annual membership: Free of charge until June 2018

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Bangkok City Library
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Bangkok City Library

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The city’s largest public library is housed in a refurbished three-story, 1940s building on the historic Ratchadamnoen Road. The structure’s original neoclassical interiors have been transformed into a handsome art deco-inspired space for 40,000 books in different categories.More than 1,000 e-books are also accessible from the library’s computers. Free WiFi is available.

Entry fee: Free

Annual membership: B25/adult, B5 to 15/child, available for Thai citizens with valid ID and house registration only

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Art Library at BACC
Art Library at BACC
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BACC Art Library

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Hidden in the lower level of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), the Art Library is where thousands of art books have found a home. The space, bathed in warm natural light, offers a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere for indulging in a good book.

Entry: Free

Annual membership: Free

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Em space
Sawanya
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Em Space

If you need peace, quiet and some time to read your book in privacy, then Em Space is the perfect escape. This private library belongs to a book lover who transformed her house into a reading haven for like-minded individuals. The library features a wide selection of books in Thai, English and Chinese. 

Entry fee: Free

Annual membership: Free

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Neilson Hays Library
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Neilson Hays Library

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Bangkok’s—or perhaps Thailand’s—longest-running, privately funded library was founded in 1869 as the Bangkok Ladies’ Library Association. Throughout the years, Neilson Hays has proven to be more than just a library; it has become a cultural center of sorts for the city, hosting all kinds of activities and gatherings, from seminars to exhibitions. 

Entry: B100/day

Annual membership: B2,500/adult, B3,300/family

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Pridi Banomyong Library
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Pridi Banomyong Library

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The Pridi Banomyong Library is the one and only underground library in Thailand. Taking up four underground levels of a historic site by the Chaophraya River, the library is praised for having one of the country’s most comprehensive collections of textbooks, journals, and, most importantly, written resources related to the Thai political history.

Entry: B20

Annual membership: B500/adult

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TK Park
Tanet Chantaket
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TK Park

icon-location-pin Ratchaprasong

When Thailand Knowledge Park, or TK Park, was first introduced in 2005, Thais were still naive about the concept of a “living library,” essentially a space that combines the likes of a reading room and an activity space in order to boost creativity. A decade later, TK Park can say that it has successfully drawn Thai back into reading—in an alternative way.

Entry: B20/person/day

Annual membership: B200/adult, B100/child or student under 25 years old or senior citizen

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The Reading Room
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The Reading Room

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The Reading Room boasts a space filled with beanbags, mattresses and natural light—like a cozy living room, in case you don’t have your own—where bookworms can indulge in a selection of books on art, design, social sciences and philosophy. 

Entry: Free

Annual membership: None

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TCDC Commons Ideo Q

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Another TCDC-backed venue that allows you to cuddle up with creative ideas, this initiative is a joint project with real estate company, Ananda Development. The library is dedicated to communications design, and is ideally located at the IDEO Q condo close to Chulalongkorn University.

Entry fee: B100/day

Annual membership: B600/student, B1,200/adult

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William Warren Library
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William Warren Library

icon-location-pin Phaya Thai

Jim Thompson is Thailand’s—or perhaps Southeast Asia’s—largest silk company, so it makes sense that it subsidizes a library that’s dedicated to tomes and literature on Oriental textiles. Opened in 2007, this compact reading room features more than 3,000 books on textiles, and the different weaving cultures in Southeast Asia and elsewhere

Entry fee: Free

Annual membership: B500/person

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Independent libraries in Bangkok

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