University Library, Mumbai

The University Library of the University of Mumbai is part of the Victorian buildings complex around the Oval Maidan in Mumbai that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[1] It was built between 1869 and 1878 along with the Rajabai Clock Tower, and designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, who incidentally never visited Bombay and worked from London.[2][3]

University Library
Bombay University Library
Bombay University buildings in the 1870s.jpg
An 1870s photograph of the library with the Rajabai Clock Tower under construction on top; to the left is the Bombay University Convocation Hall
LocationOval Maidan
Coordinates18°55′47″N 72°49′48″E / 18.929775°N 72.830027°E / 18.929775; 72.830027
AreaFort, Mumbai
ArchitectSir George Gilbert Scott
Architectural style(s)Gothic Revival, Venetian Gothic
University Library, Mumbai is located in Mumbai
University Library, Mumbai
Location of University Library in Mumbai
University Library, Mumbai is located in India
University Library, Mumbai
University Library, Mumbai (India)

The foundation stone for the library was laid on 1 March 1869, and it formally opened for the students and faculty on 27 February 1880.[4]



  1. ^ Wright, Colin. "Bombay University buildings".
  2. ^ Wright, Colin. "Public Buildings, Bombay".
  3. ^ "'Mumbai honoured to have Scott's designs'". Hindustan Times. 4 August 2011.
  4. ^ Bhatt, Rakesh Kumar (1 January 1995). History and Development of Libraries in India. Mittal Publications. ISBN 9788170995821 – via Google Books.

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