National Library & Archives of Bhutan

PO Box 185, Pedzoe Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
National library Tourist attraction

National Library & Archives of Bhutan is a national library and tourist attraction located in Thimphu, Bhutan. The average rating of this place is 4.30 out of 5 stars based on 45 reviews. The street address of this place is PO Box 185, Pedzoe Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan. It is about 2.85 kilometers away from the Buddha Dordenma Statue སྟོན་པ་རྡོར་གདན་མ།. National Library & Archives of Bhutan is closed on Saturday and Sunday, and other days it is open from 09:00am to 05:00pm.

National Library & Archives of Bhutan's timetable
Monday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday Day off
Sunday Day off
User Reviews

4 Samir Santra - 5 months ago

National Library of Bhutan or NLB was established in 1967 and possesses a wide collection of 6100 Bhutanese and Tibetan books, xylographs and manuscripts as well as 9000 printing boards and wooden printing blocks for religious books. It has one of the largest holdings of Buddhist Literature in the entire world and it is one of the best places to visit in Thimpu.

It has a dedicated collection and promotes religious and cultural heritage of Bhutan in the form of ancient printed resources related to history, religion, traditions, and culture of Bhutan.

Highlights: The building is two-storied with staff accommodations, administrative offices along with technical equipments like computers, microfilm section, separate room for wooden books and much more.

Located in: Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

Open from : 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday) in March to October and 9:30 am to 4:00 pm in November to February and remains closed on government holidays and weekends. It is a complete representation of Buddha.

3 सीके _ - 3 years ago

It’s a small library in Thimphu but earns the honour as a national institution of Bhutan.

The collection is predominantly in Bhutanese language with some in English.

The flower beds at the entrance are excellent.

One has to take out the shoes before entry. However, photography is possible.

A significant attraction at this place is an enormous sized published book.
It contains only a hundred and forty-four pages. But, a new page is flipped through once in a month. Thus to appreciate the entire volume, a viewer will need twelve years!

As expected, the library had a desolate look. Was it a reflection of redundancy of printed material?

5 MEHBOOB KHAN - 3 years ago

Traditional Bhutanese building having a great treasure of country cultural history. The official of the library treated me and my other fellows with great respect and love. One could easily found the traces of near past of literary Bhutan.

5 Ronnie Saikia - 2 years ago

Bhutan established the National library in the year of 1967 or so. This beautiful building is situated in the Kawajangsa area of Thimphu, above the Royal Thimphu Golf Course and near to the Folk Heritage Museum and is easily recognisable from the facade. It is one of the most visited places of the country.

5 Jalakara - 3 years ago

This peaceful place houses the world's largest printed book... And there is a world record certificate to prove it! If you can ignore the noisy tourists and gyides it is a quiet place to look at some historical documents.... For god's sake it's a library! Picture of the Bhutanese kings and some with indian leaders adorn the wall.

5 JAYANTA KACHARI - 3 years ago

The National Library of Bhutan was first established in 1967 under the patronage of HM Queen Ashi Phuntso Choden (1911–2003), with a small collection of precious texts. The library was initially housed within the central tower (utse) of Tashichodzong. Later, due to its growing collection, it had to move to a building in the Changgangkha area of Thimphu.

To provide a permanent home for the sacred religious books and manuscripts in the growing collection, construction of the present four-storeyed eight-cornered traditional building, which looks like the central tower temple of a Bhutanese Dzong, in the Kawajangtsa area of Thimphu was initiated. The cost of the construction of this building was borne entirely by the Royal Government of Bhutan without any foreign aid.

This building, which houses the collection of traditional texts, was inaugurated and consecrated as a temple by H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche on November 23, 1984 in order to provide a sacred space for the religious books which form the bulk of the collection. The library moved into its permanent home at the end of 1984 under the auspices of the then Special Commission for Cultural Affairs.

5 Lord Mapsworth - 2 years ago

Located close to the National Institute of Zorig Chusum.
Engaged in preservation and promotion of the literary, cultural and religious heritage of Bhutan.
The resources in the library include : scriptures, manuscripts, xylographs, and a variety of documents on Bhutanese arts, culture, history and religion…..

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