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Located inside the Company Gardens, the Allahabad Public Library was formerly known as the Thornhill Mayne Memorial. It is the largest and among the oldest buildings in Uttar Pradesh, as it was constructed in 1864.
Housing Indo-Gothic architectural style, the Allahabad Public Library is is designed with typical granite and sandstone turrets and a tall spire. The library premises also sites enclosed green spaces and alongside colourful polychromatic structures.
This library served as the house of the Legislative Assembly of the state of United Provinces when Allahabad was the colonial capital. As of now, the massive collection amounts to around 125,000 books, 40 types of magazines and 28 different newspapers in English, Hindi, Urdu and Bengali and contains 21 Arabic manuscripts.
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