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May, 2017

Visit to Bhutan by His Excellency, Hon'ble Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore to the National Library and Archives of Bhutan

His Excellency Dr. Vivan Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore along with the 13 distinguished members of the delegation from Singapore visited the National Library and Archives of Bhutan (NLAB) on 15 May 2017. National Library and Archives of Bhutan is very honored and privileged to have His Excellency and the team visiting the NLAB and gifting us with precious gift of books. 50 titles of books were received by His Excellency, Hon'ble Nangsi Lyonpo, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs from H.E, Hon'ble Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore.



March, 2017

Library Symposium

A five day Library Consortium Workshop on the theme "Good library for Strong Society" was conducted in the National Library and Archives of Bhutan (NLAB) from 20-24 March 2017 at Thimphu. This was the first time that the NLAB has organized such workshop at the National level. The main objective of the workshop was to standardize the library procedures, improve library services, and also to strategized in resource sharing within the libraries in the country. The five day library consortium also included the finalization of document for formation of Bhutan Library Consortium and the roles of libraries in UN 2030 Agenda.

A total of seventy participants–all librarians from the colleges, institutions, schools, ministries, Public Library, NLAB and NGOs participated in the symposium.



October, 2015

Launching of a book on Intangible Cultural Heritage

A book titled INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE of BHUTAN was launched on 30th July 2015 jointly by Mr. Kwon Huh, Director General, International Information and Networking Centre for International Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP), Republic of Korea, Mr. Kim, Daehun, Director General , Heritage Promotion Bureau, Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) of Korea and Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, Minister, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan at Thimphu. The book is an outcome of four years collaboration of the National Library & Archives/ Department of Culture from 2011 to 2014 with the ICHCAP, Korea and contains detailed inventory on intangible cultural heritage of Bhutan researched and documented to safeguard from the probable threat of disappearance.

It is available both in English and Dzongkha in the National Library & Archives for reference and research purpose



March, 2015

Visit of Egyptian Ambassador

His Excellency Mr. Hatem El Sayed Mohammad Tageldin, Ambassador of Arab Republic of Egypt to Bhutan visited the National Library & Archives of Bhutan on 5th March, 2015 and donated 34 books. He discussed and impressed for expeditious response on the draft Memorandum of Understanding in regard to collaboration between Biblithecca Alexandrania of Egypt and the National Library & Archives of Bhutan to co-operate in research and development in the areas of catalouging, automation, digitalization and interlibrary communications.








March, 2015

Staff News Update

Ms Ngawang Choden, Library Assistant left the National Library & Archives of Bhutan (NLAB) from the month of January 2015 to pursue Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration on being selected by the Royal Service Commission. She is missed and remembered as a sociable, hardworking and committed colleague.

The NLAB family wishes her every success in all her endeavours in life.


It is indeed a matter of sadness that Mrs. Rinzin Om, Cleaner left for heavenly abode on 1st February 2015 after quite a long illness. Her demise is deeply mourned by all the colleagues.



November, 2014

Records and Archives Management Training in Korea

Nine staff of the National Library & Archives of Bhutan (NLAB) recently had the privilege of visiting Daejon, Korea to attend a training course on Records and Archives Management which had been especially tailor-made for their group. The week-long course ran from November 8 to 15, 2014, and was fully funded by the National Archives of Korea which organized and mounted the program. The participants had an opportunity to gain knowledge of archives management in Korea, in a program covering such topics as records management tradition and culture, laws and regulations for records management, the records management process, archives arrangement and description, and electronic records management systems and standards. Field trips were also arranged in which participants visited conservation laboratories, archival collections of both printed and audiovisual materials, and museums and temples.




July, 2014

Gift of Books

Master Hung Chi-Sung, Taiwan donating the book on collection of his painting works to the
National Library & Archives of Bhutan on 26.6.2014 while Lyonpo (Dr.) Kinzang Dorji looks on


March, 2014

Training on Koha and Greenstone Softwares


A five day training workshop on Integrated System: Koha and Greenstone digital library software was conducted in the National Library & Archives of Bhutan from 24th to 28th March 2014 at Thimphu. This was in follow up and implementation of the decision taken by the Digital Library Network South Asia (DLNetSA), a regional libraries� consortium of South Asia. The resource persons were: Ms Dilara Begum, Head of Library, East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh/ Secretary General, DLNetSA and Mr. Md. Mamun-Or-Rashid, Assistant Librarian, East West University, Bangladesh.

While the main purpose of the training was to create an operational and sustainable digital library network with focus on providing support for integrated library system and digital library activities with use of Koha and Greenstone Digital Library software, it was also aimed to achieve following objectives:

  • To form an active focal point in Bhutan for the DLNetSA activities
  • To create awareness among the library professionals and libraries in Bhutan about the digital library and automation in libraries

A total of twenty library and IT professionals from the Royal Institute of Management, Semtokha, Royal Thimphu College, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk PublicLibrary, Paro College of Education, Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation of Environment, Bumthang, College of Science and Technology, Rinchending, Phuntsholing, Royal Society for Protection of Nature, Bhutan National Institute of Law, College of Education, Samtse and the National Library & Archives participated in the training workshop.



March, 2014

NLAB in collaboration with UNESCO organises final Intangible Cultural Heritage capacity building training workshop


To ensure that countries which have ratified the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (the Convention) are fully aware of how to benefit from it, UNESCO organises national capacity building workshops (funded through the Japan Funds-in-Trust program) aimed at efficient implementation of the Convention at the global level. Bhutan�s first workshop was held in Paro in May, 2012 and the second in Phuentsholing in April, 2013. In these first two training sessions, the 20-30 participants, drawn mainly from the civil service and including strong representation from NLAB, were introduced to the philosophy and mechanism of the ICH Convention and the methodologies of community-based inventory

Ten NLAB officers attended the third and final workshop, held at Hotel Drukchen, Paro from March 4-8, in which participants learned how to prepare nomination dossiers under two lists of the Convention, namely Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage and List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. All three workshops were facilitated by UNESCO certified trainers, Dr. Subha Choudhary and Dr. Paritta.