December 15, 2016

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Designs, decorations to new National Library discussed

The historic building belonging to Burma Oil Corporation (BOC) during the colonial era is chosen for the new location for the National Library.
The historic building belonging to Burma Oil Corporation (BOC) during the colonial era is chosen for the new location for the National Library.

A coordination meeting took place in Yangon yesterday to discuss the relocation of the National Library to the headquarters of the Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise in the centre of downtown.
Present at the meeting were Religious and Cultural Affairs Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko, Permanent Secretary Dr Nandar Hmun, departmental officials, researchers, librarians and invited guests.
Thura U Aung Ko said the library had to be relocated as its current location was not convenient for visitors. The union minister called on researchers and librarians to pool ideas for turning the library into a more impressive and more significant place for visitors.
Department of Historical Research and National Library Deputy Director General U Aung Myint gave a briefing on elaborate designs and decorations to be made at the new location.
The National Library has a large collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts and other rare books, holding 172,556 books, 435,580 periodicals, 12,323 palm-leaf manuscripts, 345 letters, 25,468 rare books and other literary materials.
The Bernard Free Library was handed over to the Ministry of Culture in 1952 and renamed State Library, which was opened at the Jubilee Hall in Yangon on 1 June the same year. After being renamed National Library, the facility was moved to a building in Pansodan Street and then to Yangon City Hall. The library was moved to two new locations before settling in Tamwe township.
The library building in Tamwe suffered some damage from the Cyclone Nargis in 2008 and as a result was moved to Yankin township.

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