The Government Arts College for Women was established in 1966 with the main objective of providing higher education for Women of Thanjavur. The College was renamed as 'Kunthavai Naacchiaar Govt.Arts College for Women' in memory of the illustrious Sister of Raja Raja Chola on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary celebration of the Coronation of the Great King of Thanjavur. The decision of the Govt. Of Tamil Nadu has helped the women of Thanjavur who are otherwise tradition bound and were hesitant to go even to nearby places in pursuit of Higher Education.
Library: The Library has separate Halls for housing the books, journals, magazines and reference books. In terms of learning resources, the library has a good collection of books and e-books in addition to subscribing a number of journals and audio-video cassettes. The library has INFLIBNET and DELNET facilities. Through the university's digital library, the students and faculty members can have access to more than 10,000 electronic books. The number of books, journals and periodicals are updated every year. In addition to the above central facility, the departments have their own libraries
A good hostel with 44 rooms is available to cater to need of residential students. The hostel has recreation facilities like gymnasium, yoga centre etc.