A brief History of NLB

After the partition of the sub-continent in 1947 the Government of Pakistan established the National Library of Pakistan in Karachi in 1962 and a provincial book Deposit Branch of the Pakistan National Library was established in Dhaka in 1967. In fact that book deposit branch is the embryo of the National Library of Bangladesh which came into being after the independence of the country in 1971. After the Liberation War of Bangladesh it was keenly felt by all quarters that a National Library is indispensable for the newborn nation. Considering the necessity and importance, the Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh resolved to set up the National Library of Bangladesh in Dhaka. The Library started functioning with the manpower and resource materials inherited from the Provincial Book Deposit Branch in Dhaka. Later on, in 1972 the two national Wings namely (i) The National Archives of Bangladesh and (ii) The National Library of Bangladesh started functioning in the name of the Directorate of Archives and Libraries under the Sports and Culture Division, Ministry of Education. The construction proposal of National Library Building was approved in country’s ever first Five year plain and the Foundation Stone was laid in 1978 on top priority basis. Accordingly the own building for the National Library of Bangladesh was built in 1985 and the Library was shifted in 1986 to its new place called The Jatiya Granthagar Bhavan. (The National Library Building) at Agargaon Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka. Pro. Dr. Mazharul Islam is the Architect of NLB Bhaban.