Located on Samsen Raod, the National Library was founded in 1905 by the order of King Rama V Many kinds of reading matters can be found here, from royal gazettes to novels, newspapers and magazines. Within the library are many interesting smaller library halls: Wachirayan Library Hall, King Rama IX Music Library Hall, Crown Princess Sirindhorn Music Library Hall, National Archive Hall, National Film Hall and King Vajiravudh Memorial Hall. The library is open to Thai and foreigners. Tel: 0 2281 5212, 0 2281 5313.
NEILSON HAYS LIBRARY
Located on Surawong Road, the library was founded in 1896 by the Bangkok Ladies Library Association. One of the founders was Mrs Jennie Neilson Hays who had devoted her life serving the community. On her death in 1920, her husband built the current library and dedicated to her. It is open to all who enjoy reading in English. Has fiction and non-fiction sections. Within the library is the Rotunda Gallery where exhibitions by both Thai and foreign artists are on show all year round.
Tel: 0 2233 1731
BRITISH COUNCIL LIBRARY
Located within Siam Square on Phayathai Road, the library's subject areas covered general reference, business and management, contemporary British fiction, English language learning, over 60 periodical titles, a video collection including both feature movies, documentaries and training programmes. Tel: 0 2252 6136-8, 0 2252 6111 or 0 2252 6830-9.