- AP State Central Library
The Andhra Pradesh State Central Library had its genesis in the year 1891AD due to the sustained efforts of Late Moulvi Syed Hussain Bilgrami. The personal library of this great scholar formed the initial corpus of this great institution. It was then known as Asafia State Library after the name of Asaf Jah dynasty and was located in Abids. In course of time, it emerged as one of the biggest, finest and richest libraries in the world both in terms of print and manuscripts collection. Public libraries are indicators of a community’s respect and value for history and knowledge. All public library buildings are designed to be iconic in image, easily accessible in use and inviting for all. The new building for the Asafiya State Library, commissioned in 1932AD, was also designed with the above design and use intent. Its continued use for the same purpose for which it was originally built through 75 years, proves its merit both in architectural and cultural terms. The renovation plan intends to restore it physically and spatially to instigate and facilitate functional up gradation.