In the bad books

Though a number of private libraries have mushroomed over the years in the capital, the only national library at Pulchowk, for lack of proper management and resources, is struggling to provide basic facilities deemed indispensable to a modern library. According to the library sources, fund crunch, among other setbacks, is the major hindrance to the expansion and growth of library. The government funds that the library receives to cover its expenses is mostly spent on buying newspapers and magazines with hardly any money left to refurbish the library building and buy new books. Worse still, the library lacks enough space for readers to conveniently sit and study.

The library houses over 83 thousand books, including some rare ones on Nepali literature, oriental philosophy and religions. The national library is one of the few libraries that proffer Nepali literature to its readers. The library would thus be a haven for readers who wish to explore and savour the taste of Nepali literature and other aspects of Nepal. Evidently, the library would be able to function properly and attract more readers if it was shifted to a better location. However, this is not possible unless the concerned ministry takes the matter seriously and provides the library with sufficient funds and other necessary resources. Effective government policies would further help in managing the library properly.