Libraries in Bangkok

There are a couple of really good libraries in Bangkok, and you can get English language books copied and binded for pretty cheap there.

SET Library

The SET library is located in SET building near to the “Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre” . It provides information to host of books, periodicals, magazines, journals for a very nominal fee.
The SET Library is an information center on the Thai financial and capital markets as well as related disciplines and industries.  Information is available in traditional forms: books, periodicals, microfilm, audio-visual materials, and also in computerized formats: SET Information Management System (SIMS), On-line Public Access Catalog, CD-ROMs, Reuter’s news terminal. Service Hours: Monday – Friday (8.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.) and Saturday (10.00 a.m. -15.00 p.m)

www.set.or.th

The Neilson Hays Library

One of its kind in Bangkok – a must see place for those having a penchant for real good books. It has a long history dating back to 1869 and is a non-profit association. The collection is huge and its customers cut across all the sections of the society.

Check it out at http://www.neilsonhayslibrary.com/ Location: 195, Suriwongse Road, Bangkok

TK Park in Central World 7/F

Visitor B20 entrance fee or you can pay B200 for annual membership with card.

www.tkpark.or.th

Books, CDs, Internet, Music, Children Play Area, etc.

Thailand Creative & Design Center

The resource center of TCDC had an impressive collection of arts & design related books.

Check it out at http://tcdc.or.th/ resourcecenter.php & http://library.tcdc.or.th/

Location: 6th Floor, The Emporium Shopping Complex Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok

Lending libraries with Bangkok’s many English language publications are located at the American Univ. Alumnae Language School (AUA), The British Council, and the Neilson Hays Library. Membership is open to all residents of Bangkok.

The AUA Library has an excellent collection of books by American authors as well as Thai cultural and historical publications in English. Membership requies proof of residency (a rent receipt) your passport, and a small fee.

The British Council Library maintains a collection of books by British authors as well as magazines, VDO movies, and documentaries. Membership requires proof of residency (a rent receipt) your passport, and a small fee.

The Neilson Hays Library is supported by its membership program which is open to all. It stocks English language magazines and books, fiction and nonfiction, and often hosts lectures by guest authors.

the siam society has an english and thai language library , mostly non fiction and s.e.asian related.

its on asoke opposite the asoke entrance to soi cowboy , and there is a membership fee.

National Library
Samsen Road,
Tel : 281-5212, 281-5313, 281-7746
Open : 9:30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Closed on Public holidays
Membership is free

Neilson Hays Library
Surawong Road
Tel : 233-1731
Open : 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday
Open : 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Sundays
Yearly membership for children : 800 baht
Yearly membership for adults : 1,700 baht
Yearly membership for senior citizens : 1,300

British Council Library
Siam Square
Tel : 661-6830
Open 10 a.m – 7.30 p.m. Monday to Friday
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sat

Central library Chulalongkorn University
Phya Thai Road
Tel : 215-0871-3
Open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday to Friday
Non-student reader is charged 20 baht

Academic Library
Dinsor Road
Tel : 221-2141-61 ext 4446
Open : 8:30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Monday to Friday

Lumpini Public Library
Lumpini Park
Tel : 252-8030
Open : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on public holidays

Soi Pranang Public Library
Soi Pranang, Rajvithi Road
Tel : 246-3517
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on public holidays

Anongkharam Public Library
Wat Anongkharam, Klong San
Tel 437-1381
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Sundays, Monday and public holidays

Wat Sangkachai Public Library
Wat Sangkachai, Issraphap Road
Tel : 465-1659
Open : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public holidays

Bang Khen Public Libray
Inside Bang Khen District Office
Tel : 251-3375
Open : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Sunday, Monday and public holidays

Wat Ratchadathithan Public Library
Inside Wat Ratchadathitan
Soi Charansanitwongse 35
Tel : 412-0702
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays

Wat Ratchaorotsaram Public Library
Soi Amphoe Kao, Chom Thong Road
Tel : 416-0816
Open : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Sunday, Monday and public holidays

Wat Lad Pla-Khao Public Libray
Inside Wat Lad Pla-Khao, Soi Chokchai 4, Lad Prao
Tel : 570-5792
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Sunday, Monday and Public holidays

Phasi Charoen Public Library
Soi Petchakasem 50/3
Petchakasem Road
Tel : 458-1281
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Sunday, Monday and Public Holidays

Nong Chok Public Libray
Inside Phakdinoraset School
Behind Nong Chok District Office
Tel : 988-4480
Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Sunday, Monday and public holidays

Chatuchak Public Library
Chatuchak District Office, 7th Floor
Tel : 513-3444
Open : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

I believe TRT has a library in its headquarters.

Neilson Hays is really the only game in town as far as general interest English-language libraries go. The two main problems with it are it’s location (difficult to reach through heavy traffic for Sukumvit area expats) and it’s collection (small and dominated by musty, out-of-date, and utterly useless space fillers to keep the shelves from looking empty). Yes, there are some contemporary books there that you might actually enjoy checking out and reading, but not many. Don’t get your hopes up.

The SET library next to Queen Sirikit Convention center is a good resource not olnly for books but other stuff too..defintely worth checking out…

AUA on Rajadamri road. At the Rajadamri skytrain. Lots of old books ….but many movies you can check-out or watch there.

http://www.parliament.go.th/library/

http://www.goethe.de/ins/th/ban/wis/sbi/enindex.htm

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