Nepal Library Association was started in 1955 but due to some technical legal process, it was vanished. Later on 23rd October, 1980 (9th Ashwin, 2037 B. S.) Nepal Library Association (NLA) was reestablished with a joint effort made by librarians, information scientists, academicians, researchers and social workers.

Nepal Library Association (NLA) the apex body of Nepali Library and Information Professionals, organizations and institutions which is a registered as a non-profit, non-partisan and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). It has its own constitution and enjoys autonomy in its function.

NLA represents individual and institutional members from all over the country. NLA has been the member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) since 1990.

Mission

We collaborate to establish Library Day as one of the National Days of Nepal Government to advocate increase in investment, establishment and promotion of the libraries for improved service delivery to the users for life-long learning using state of art standards and technology.

Goal

To enhance stronger library advocacy and increased involvement of people and coordinated professionalism as the vanguard of library development.

Objectives

  • To advocate/ raise voice in concerned departments for clear legal obligation / rules and bylaws.
  • To enhance cooperation among the library associations, consortia, federation, organizations etc.
  • To help in library establishment and development.
  • To work to improve professionalism.
  • To work to meet the global standard of the libraries in Nepal.
  • To work for library-for-all to meet the target of global Education.
  • To develop study-culture.
  • To encourage investments for  library developments in Nepal.

Programs:         

Library establishment:

Various organizations are opening libraries on the occasion of Library Day in different places of Nepal.

Advocacy:

Different libraries, associations, organizations are conducting series of discussions, press-meets, publications, banner display, experience sharing, interaction with government, library authority and users etc. are some of the programs.

Cooperation:

We work with national and International LIS professionals, associations, organizations, institutions, and related authorities.

Professionalism:

Organize professional skill development courses, workshops, experience sharing, library visits, and interaction programs.

We are conferring Library Day “Felicitation” (award) on each library Day.

Library-for-all:

Public, Community, University, College, School, and special libraries are being supported. The nature of support is in collection development, human resource development, Fund, and other technical assistance. Many public libraries are providing free-membership and free access to the library services.

Study Culture:

Essay competition, user interaction, leisure study plan, library visits, book review, study competition, Storytelling competition, seasonal (short-time) library activities for users are being conducted etc.