The David Sassoon Library
a Grade I heritage building situated in the heart of the city of
Mumbai at Kala Ghoda
was constructed in the Year 1870.
It was the first building to come up on the Esplanade, when the
walls of the Old Fort were demolished, the second building to come
up being Crawford Market. David Sassoon, a Jewish philanthropist
from Baghdad contributed Rs.60,000/- and the then British
Government also contributed an equal sum to construct this
beautiful building ( which is often referred as “
The Jewel of Kala Ghoda”
) at a total cost of Rs.1,25,000/-
The Library houses
about 40,000 books in
English, Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi
and is open
all 365 days a
year from 8 in the morning till 9 at night.
Many professional students and researchers take advantage of the
precious collections in the Library.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedker and Mr. Nani
amongst many others have taken advantage of the Library, during
their formative years.
Presently the Library has undertaken a major restoration of the
Library building and its garden and the same is a continuing
The Kala Ghoda
Association conducts the
“Kala Ghoda Festival” on a yearly
basis and the Library and its Garden hosts events during the
festival thereby participating actively.
urges all Mumbaikar, Corporate
Houses and Charitable Trust
to come forward generously and
contribute their mite in protecting and preserving the grand
heritage which has served many generations.
be sent by cheque/DD in favor of “David Sassoon
Library & Reading Room” and the same are exempt under
Section 80 G of the Income Tax Act.