The library was started during the centenary celebrations of Sri Ramakrishna in 1970. It is an important library in the city with over 13,300 books in English, Sanskrit, and Kannada and 2000 CD's. Books on a wide range of subjects such as philosophy, religion, mysticism, linguistics, fiction, history, geography, psychology, etc., are available to the public. The reading facility is free and open to all. Members can borrow books on payment of membership fees.