Jawaharlal Nehru Public Library and Research Centre was established in the year 1985 at Kannur to cater the needs of students, research scholars and the public in general. This Research Centre is run by a charitable society registered under the societies registration Act XXI 1860. The District Collector, Kannur, is the Ex-officio Chairman of the Governing Body.

 The Library was originally housed at Mahatma Mandiram on a rental basis. Thereafter Government of Kerala assigned 50 cents of land in the heart of the town on Yogasala Road for construction of own building for Library and Research Centre. In the year 1990 the Govt of Kerala also contributed an amount of Rs 5 lakhs, from the profit of the State Film Award Nite to construct a permanent building. The library was shifted to the new building at the present site in 1995.

 We have a collection of more than 20,000 books in English, Malayalam and Hindi on various subjects, which covers a variety of subjects viz. Economics, History, Languages, Science & Technology, Public administration, Management, Law, literature etc. The Library is fully computerized. The subscriber member has access to the stock register to locate their choice of books through digital inventory.
There are about 1000 members and 1000 subscribers in this institution. The management of this Library is vested in a Governing body headed by the District Collector. The body consists of 21 elected members and 8 Ex- officio members, including Dist Collector, Muncipal Chairman and Dist Panchayat President, District Information Officer etc.

  The reading section of the library is utilized by about 400 people daily. The reading room is opened from 8.30 AM to 7 PM on all days except on very important holidays. There is a separate reading section for women and children. 23 Dailies and 26 Magazines in Malayalam and English are subscribed for the library.

  Apart from promoting readership, the organization is in to various social activities. Having named after Panditji, special programmes are organized to mark the occasion of Nehru Jayanthi. All Kerala Book Exhibition, competitions for school and college students in Elocution, Essay writing, Quiz, Painting etc. are some of the items taken up, every year. Besides we organise lectures by people of eminence on various topics and also host cultural programmes.

 Coaching Class for the aspirants of Civil Service is being conducted in our Library since last 4 years, to enable the candidates to prepare for the Preliminary examination of Civil Service. The first coaching class was started with as many as 45 Civil Service aspirants and the 5th batch will have their classes positively in Aug 2016.

As part of our developmental activities, an auditorium with 600 seating capacity, has been constructed on the first floor of the Library building with the Local Area Development Funds of Sri Mullapally Ramachandran MP and Sri A.P.Abdullakutty, MLA (Ex MP). Funds made available by Sri.K.Sudhakaran Ex.M.P. was also made available for setting the facilites. We also allow the public to use the Auditorium for their meeting and other purposes for a nominal rent. An Open Air Auditorium to seat 200 is also available on the premises. This has by now become an important centre of all socio – cultural activities in the town.