National Library of Bangladesh

National Library of Bangladesh
Established 1972/ 1891
Director Wadudul Bari Chowdhury
Location 32, Justice S.M. Murshed Sarani, Agargaon; Sher-e-Bangla Nagor; Dhaka, Bangladesh

The National Library of Bangladesh (NLB)(Bengali: বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় গ্রন্থাগার) is the legal depository of all new books and other printed materials published in the country under the Copy Right Law (Modified in 2000 and Amended in 2005) of Bangladesh. It was founded in 1972, but it traces it origins back to 1891.


After the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 the Government of Pakistan established the National Library of Pakistan in Karachi in 1962 and a provincial book deposit branch of the Pakistan National Library in Dhaka in 1967. In fact that book deposit branch was the embryo of the National Library of Bangladesh which came into being after the independence of the country in 1971. After the Liberation War of Bangladesh it was keenly felt by all quarters that a National Library is indispensable for the newborn nation. Considering the necessity and importance, the Government of the People?s Republic of Bangladesh resolved to set up the National Library of Bangladesh in Dhaka. The Library started functioning with the manpower and resource materials inherited from the Provincial Book Deposit Branch in Dhaka. Later on, in 1973 the two national organizations namely (i) The National Archives of Bangladesh and (ii) The National Library of Bangladesh were merged name of the Directorate of Archives and Libraries under the Sports and Culture Division, Ministry of Education. A own building for the National Library of Bangladesh was built in 1985 and the Library was shifted to its new place called The Jatiya Granthagar Bhavan. (The National Library Building) at Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka. The National Library of Bangladesh is currently run by the Directorate of Archives and Libraries under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Aim and objectives

To develop maintain a comprehensive National Collection, to ascertain equitable access of citizen to that collection in view of enhancing learning capacity and total competitive power of the nation as a whole in addition to collect and preserve the intellectual creative printed materials..

Collection overview

The Main Characteristics of NLB Collection are that it encompasses major all disciplines of human knowledge i.e. Development Administration, MIS, HRD, Women empowerment. Economic, Environment and Disaster Management etc. The specially of NLB?s multidisciplinary National Collection is that it is long term preserved, it has access to all citizen, based on the confluence of country?s creative/intellectual publication with the world class latest representational books in addition special collection.

NLB collections includes

  • Copy Right Collection.
  • National/Regional/Local periodicals Newspaper, Magazines etc.
  • Govt. publication
  • Gazette etc.
  • Foreign word class latest books.

Special collection trusted to the NLB

  • Dr. M. Shaidullah-Personal collection
  • Khan Bahadur Nawab Ali Chowdhury collection
  • Bangladesh Secretariat collection
  • Actors Md. Golam Mustafa -Personal collection etc.
  • Mymensingh Fundamental Education Academy's collectionl and other's national personalities.

Various Section

  • Copyright Central Acquisition Section
  • National Bibliography Section
  • Bibliographical Reference/ISBN Section
  • Library Section (Processing Reader service Ref. etc)
  • Automation Section
  • Microfilm(Preservation) Section
  • Establishment Section


Following are the major functions of Bangladesh National Library:

  • To collect new books and other publications published in the country under the copyright law of the land.
  • To compile and publish National Bibliography, Abstract and Indexes to the newspaper articles, Directory of Publishers, etc.
  • To maintain and develop a national collection.
  • To provide various information services to the concerned multidisciplinary users.
  • To provide modern facilities of library services to the users including quick and easy retrieval through the automation of the collection.
  • To preserve the library and information materials in modern and scientific manner.
  • To act as country?s international bibliographical/documentation centre including the distribution of ISBN.
  • Provides informative assistance/guidelines to the Government / Professional Associations in formulating country?s Library Act, Policy, and in planning and promoting library's systems and services of Bangladesh.

Users figure

The number of registered users per year is approximate 7(seven) thousands

Government income

  • An approximate amount of Tk.15000/- per year received as membership fee which is deposited to treasury as per Govt. rules.
  • June 2009 to December 2009 NLB auditorium rented -1,46,000 TK.
  • June 2009 to December 2009 NLB reprographic service-1,000 TK.

Development project

  • One development project titled modernization of National Library is included in ADP 2008-2009.
  • One development project on the digitization of the important part of National Library collection is submitted to UNESCO Dhaka.

Citizen Charter

The citizens have the following rights:

  • Have right to long term preserve their new published creative/intellectual printed information materials published in Bangladesh territory in the current year for long term.
  • Have right to publicize in and abroad the new creative/intellectual printed materials through the National Bibliography which is considered as the Cultural Ambassador in abroad.
  • Have right access to the National Collection of multi natural information resources
  • Have right to have modern library information service facilities including computerized list email browsing etc.
  • Have right to have the statistics of creative new publications of particular year.
  • Have right to have ISBN to new publication individually and by corporate.
  • Have right to use under stipulated rules regulation, the exhibition gallery, Air conditioned Auditorium and beautiful outside premises of NLB Bhaban.

External links

  • Official site

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