Nepal National Library

The Nepal National Library was established by His Majesty’s Government in January 1957 (Poush 2013 BS). 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 Sikri Dhoka, a building within the complex of Singha Durbar, a Rana Palace modeled on Versailles, and said to be the largest in Asia at the time. Singha Durbar was also the home of the Central Secretariat Library, with which the Nepal National Library was merged. At that time the total collection numbered 34,292 books and periodicals. The Nepal National Library was moved to its present location, the Rana palace called HariharBhawan, Pulchowk, Lalitpur, in1961 (2017). In the early sixties the National Library produced an impressive series of publications, making ancient handwritten texts available in printed form. Since 1988 a full card catalogue for the Nepali, English, and Hindi collections were done and that time the holdings have been made available to all for reading and reference, but in the interest of preservation, circulation services have not been resumed. [1]

International Cooperation:

  • The five year UNESCO/DANIDA project brought major changes in the overall development of the Nepal National Library.
  • Nepal National Library has received micrographic equipment such as microfilm cameras, microfilm processor, microfilm reader, book binding machine and cutting machine from the Government of Japan.
  • JICA Nepal has assisted NNL in setting up the new wing of the Children’s Section and its promotional activities. It has also provided books on Nepal and other reports in both Nepali and English languages.
  • Nepal National Library is a member of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL), Conference of Directors of National Libraries of Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) and UNESCO Network of Association Libraries (UNAL).

Chief Librarian:

Mobile: 9841143485


Conversational Library

Contact Method:

Phone: +977-1-5521132
Postal: Hariharbhawan
Lalitpur, Nepal


[1]Nepal National Library(2019), URL:, Time: 1:49

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