Nepal National Library


The National Library of Nepal, is located in Patan, the largest in country with in excess of more than 70,000 books, mostly in English, but also with many in Nepali, Sanskrit, Hindi and Newari. The library is in possession of rare scholarly books in Sanskrit and English dating from the 17th century AD.

The Nepal National Library was established in January 1957 (Poush 2013 BS) by the government. The core collection was the personal library of Rajguru Hem Raj Pandey, Spiritual advisor to the king, which had been purchased for the Nation in 1956. The collection was moved to Skri Dhoka, a building within the complex of Singha Durbar. The Nepal National Library was moved to its present location, the Rana Palace called Harihar Bhawan, Pulchowk, Lalitpur in 1961, where it occupies the southern wing on the first floor of the building. In the early sixties the National library produced an impressive series of publications, making ancient handwritten texts available in printed form. Lending services were started in 1961, and continued for some years. However, full classification and cataloging to suspend lending facilities in order to embark on the mammoth task of cataloging the entire stock. A full card catalogue for the Nepali, English and Hindi collections was finally completed in 1988. Since that time the holidings have been made available to all for reading and reference, but in the interest of preservation, circulation services have not been resumed.

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