If there is one area in Kolkata that is considered a heaven for all book lovers, it is College Street!
One visit to the area and you will get to understand what we are talking about.
We all know that College Street is the ‘Boi Para’ for the Bengalis. But ask anybody. Do they really know any major bookstores or booksellers or the people who run the book market there ? In case they don’t, here’s more.
Chuckervertty, Chatterjee & Co. Ltd :-
This is one of the most popular bookstores in College Street. Established by APC Roy in 1910, this store has a history of surviving a fire that broke out in Albert College Hall and spread to the store. It houses two floors full of books.
Address – 15, College Street, Newland, Calcutta University, College Square, Kolkata , West Bengal 700073.
Books Available – All kinds of educational books for school & college students on ground floor and story books and novels by prominent authors on the first floor including rare editions of works by Modhushudan Mazumdar.
Dasgupta & Co. Pvt Ltd :-
Dasgupta & Co. Pvt Ltd is a popular bookstore that you must visit when you visit College Street. Established in 1806 by Girish Dasgupta , it is said to be the oldest bookstore in College Street.
Address – 54/3, College Street, College Square, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073.
Books Available – Educational, spiritual and story books which includes rare first editions of many classics.
Mitra & Ghosh Publishers Pvt Ltd :-
Mitra & Ghosh Publishers Pvt Ltd is one of the oldest book publishers and sellers available in College Street. Established in 1934, this bookstore falls in the list of most popular bookstores in College Street.
Address – 10, Shyama Charan Dey Street, College Street, Kolkata, West Bengal 700073
Books Available – The store deals exclusively in Bengali storybooks and novels. A number of unputdownable Bengali classics can be found here. You can buy entire Kiriti Roy series by Dr.Nihar Ranjan Gupta here (15 volumes) .
Katha – O – Kahini :-
Katha – O – Kahini is a bookseller and publisher that deals mainly in educational books. Apart from school textbooks, they also sell books on local vernacular. So, this store is a must visit for all the school goers out there which makes it so popular among them.
Address – 17, Keshab Chandra Sen Street, College Street, Kolkata,West Bengal 700009
Books Available – All sorts of educational books for school students belonging to ICSE, ISC, CBSE and also West Bengal board.
National Book Store :-
National Book Store is a very popular bookstore in College Street. Established in 1990s, it has a great collection of educational books for the students which explains why it is always crowdy in the bookstore.
Address – 15, Bankim Chatterjee Street, College Square, Kolkata, West Bengal 700007
Books Available – The store deals in all sorts of educational books for children belonging to ICSE, ISC, CBSE for schoolchildren, medical andengineering books for college students as well books on philosophy & religion.
So here are the most popular bookstores that you find in College Street.
Book hunters, what are you waiting for ? Check them out. You won’t be disappointed!