Explore the world from inside one of the city’s finest buildings at Bangkok City Library. This architectural delight took its current form in 2013 as part of Bangkok’s having been designated a UNESCO World Book Capital. The four-floor historical building on Rajdamneon Road was thoroughly renovated and now holds more than 100,000 books. Apart from traditional bound volumes, you’ll also find e-books, audio books, books in Braille along with many newspapers and magazines. Most books and publications are in Thai language but some English content is available. There’s also a children’s zone with more books as well as exhibitions and play room. Additional facilities include 30-seat theatre, private study rooms, computer access, free Wi-Fi, coffee shop and tourist information booth.
Bangkok City Library is open Tuesday to Saturday from 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. and Sunday from 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Closed Mondays and public holidays. Free to enter but passport required for non-Thai nationals. At Khok Wua intersection nearby Khao San Road. From Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom, get there by metered taxi in about 20 minutes.