The Library has a collection of over 10,000 books in Gujarati covering various subjects. New books are being added on a regular basis.
Bhavan's Library has a strong collection of Gujarati literature built over the years. The collection includes various genres of fiction – social, historical and thriller, short stories, poetry, essays and humour from eminent authors of previous eras to current.
The collection includes the great works of K M Munshi, Pannalal Patel, Darshak, Ramanlal Desai, Snehrashmi, Umashankar Joshi, Raghuveer Chaudhuri, Kundanika Kapadia and many more. There are works of pioneering poets like Narsinh Mehta, Akho, Premanand, Shamal Bhatt, Narmad, Dalpatram and Nhanalal.
The collection also includes popular books that have been widely read and admired like some very successful novels from authors like Harkisan Mehta and Ashwini Bhatt. On the more contemporary side, the collection includes books by Kajal Oza Vaidya, Mahesh Yagnik, Navin Vibhakar, Sharad Thakar, Varsha Pathak and so on.
Biographies and collected works of many gujarati writers are also available.
The collection features plenty of translations from eminent and award winning authors of regional and foreign languages. From Marathi literature, there are books by Gangadhar Gadgil, V S Khandekar, P L Deshpande, Iravati Karve, and others. There are also translations available from Bengali authors like Maitreyi Devi, Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay and other Indian languages.
From around the world there are translations available of authors like Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway, Jules Verne, Victor Hugo, Mark Twain and more.
There is an extensive collection of biographies of people from all walks of life – political leaders, artists, saints, etc. There are travel descriptions and experiences of many travellers and authors.
Extensive collection of books on Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. There is also a large collection of books by spiritual leaders like Ramakrishna Paramhamsa, Swami Chinmayananda, Osho and likes.
There are many other books available for general inspirational reading, health and fitness, yoga and so on.
Contributions like articles, book reviews, book abstracts, etc. are welcome from Library Members, Bhavan’s staff, and friends and supporters of the Library.