Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

Vivekananda Book Bank

Educate our people so that they may be able to solve their own problems.”

- Swami Vivekananda               

Swami Vivekananda strongly believed that the underprivileged must be raised through education and equipped to live and work in society with dignity and confidence.

Committed to Swami Vivekananda’s charter for social welfare and development, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai has started Vivekananda Book Bank in the year 1991 to help the economically marginalized students of Engineering stream by lending textbooks without any fee. The Vivekananda Book Bank is one of the very few non-profit Book Banks in Chennai.

Students can borrow textbooks of their prescribed syllabus from the Book Bank and retain the books till their examinations (annual / semester). At present, 450 students of the engineering stream are being benefited.

The Book Bank has a collection of 7,000 books and is located inside Sri Ramakrishna Centenary Library (inside the Math premises).


Currently, the Book Bank facilities are extended to students of:

 1. Electronics & Communication Engineering.
 2. Electrical Engineering.
 3. Computer Science & Engineering.
 4. Information Technology Engineering.
 5. Mechanical Engineering.

Proposed Plan of Expansion & Renovation:

We have been receiving repeated requests from students undergoing various other courses to extend the Book Bank facilities to them also. As part of the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Swami Vivekananda, we intend to extend the Book Bank facilities at present to the students of:

  1. B. Sc Nursing
  2. Computer Applications (B.C.A. & M.C.A. )


However, it would involve relocating the existing Book Bank to a more spacious and well-furnished environment for better services. A portion of the Sri Ramakrishna Centenary Library has been earmarked for this purpose, which would involve:

Details of the Budget Estimate:





Electrical fixtures & restructuring


Furniture & other infrastructural facilities


Books (text & reference) for proposed courses and current ones


Computers and accessories


Photocopier and other equipment


Total Estimate


The estimated cost of this project is Rs.60 lakhs.

Join This Vidya Yajna:

On the occasion of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birthday Celebrations, we invite you to join us in paying tribute to him through this Vidya Yajna by extending your generous financial support. No Contribution is too small to make a difference and we believe that each drop of water makes a sea and your contribution can create an everlasting impact on the lives of these economically marginalized, yet bright students.

Donations may be made by Cheque / DD in favour of “Sri Ramakrishna Math”. Please mention that the purpose of the donation is towards ‘Vivekananda Book Bank’ in the covering letter and send the same to the address given below.

Sri Ramakrishna Math,
31, Ramakrishna Math Road, Mylapore,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Pin Code: 600 004

Donations can also be made online on Math website (Click here to go to donate page).

For direct transfer to Bank, please contact us for IFSC/Swift code details.
Donations are eligible for tax exemption under Section 80(G) of the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961.

For details please contact, email:; Phone: +91-044-24621110.