The library movement has taken deep roots here and altogether 382 libraries function in this district.
Kottayam Public Library
The Kottayam Public Library, is one of the oldest in Kerala. Started in 1882 under the initiative of Shri. T. Rama Rao, the then Peshkar of Kottayam, this library attracts book lovers in and out of the district. There are about 4000 members and a collection of 125000 books. The children’s library and the Balabhavan attached to it were started in 1972. About 14,000 books have been collected here, for children. Coaching classes in music, dance, painting and crafts are also conducted at the Balabhavan.
Sahitya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sangham
The Sahithya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sanghom (SPCS) or the Writers Co-operative Society founded in 1945, with its headquarters at Kottayam, is a unique co-operative of men of letters.
The main objective of the society is to ensure economic and cultural stability to the writers. Authors get the highest royalty from this society. Publication and sale of books are the main activities of the Society. For this, the society has printing wing and sales wing. The printing wing consists of India Press at Nattakom and M.P. Paul Memorial offset press at Kottayam. The former press started in 1953, while the later in June, 1998. The sales wing of the society is National Book Stall (N.B.S) and it has branches in nine districts. Prof.M.P. Paul and Karoor Neelakanta Pillai are the first President and the first secretary of the S.P.C.S respectively. The society at present has 1074 members and a capital of 150 lakhs. The first book published by the S.P.C.S. is Thakazhiyude Kadhakal (stories of Thkazhi) by Thakazhi Siva Sankara Pillai. The largest number of editions of a book-50 editions-brought out by the society is Ramanan by Changampuzha Krishna Pillai. 1.63 lakh copies of Ramanan have been sold through these editions.