Directorate of Archives and Libraries

Directorate of Archives and Libraries[1] is a government department responsible for the management and operations of the National Library and the National Archives in Bangladesh and is located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[2] It is the International Standard Book Number agency in Bangladesh responsible for providing publishers with ISBNs.[3]

Directorate of Archives and Libraries
HeadquartersDhaka, Bangladesh
Region served
Official language
WebsiteDirectorate of Archives and Libraries


Directorate of Archives and Libraries was founded in 1972 by the President of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. It was placed under the Ministry of Education initially but later placed under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. It was initially located in a rented building and in 1986 it was moved to National Library building which was constructed in 1985. In 2001 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation to build a building for the Directorate of Archives and Libraries. The purpose-built headquarters were partially completed in 2004 and fully completed in 2012.[4]


  1. ^ "Poet Rafiq Azad dies at the age of 74". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  2. ^ Munim, Rifat. "On the Threshold of Learning". The Daily Star. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Use of fictitious ISBN by Bangladeshi publishers". The Daily Star. 30 October 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Directorate of Archives and Libraries-Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
Ministry of Cultural Affairs

The Ministry of Cultural Affairs (Bengali: সংস্কৃতি বিষয়ক মন্ত্রণালয়; Sanskr̥ti biṣaẏaka mantraṇālaẏa) is a ministry of the Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh, in charge of national museums and monuments; promoting and protecting the arts (visual, plastic, theatrical, musical, dance, architectural, literary, televisual and cinematographic) in Bangladesh and managing the national archives. The Ministry of Cultural Affairs is also charged with maintaining the Bengali identity.

National Archives of Pakistan

The National Archives of Pakistan (Urdu: قومی آرکائیو‬‎) is a body established by the Government of Pakistan for the purpose of preserving and making available public and private records which have bearings on the history, culture and heritage of Pakistan. Located in Islamabad, the National Archives of Pakistan is a member of the International Council on Archives. Some of its stated functions are the acquisition, preservation, conservation, reprography, restoration, automation, dissemination and access of documents. NAP is also responsible for the facilitation of important state documents and collections of dated files.

National Library of Bangladesh

The National Library of Bangladesh (NLB) (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় গ্রন্থাগার) is the legal depository of all new books and other printed materials published in Bangladesh under the copyright law of Bangladesh. It was founded in 1973, but it traces its origins back to 1967, before the Bangladesh Liberation War and its independence. It is open to general public and has both Bengali and English language books. It is housed in the National Library Bhaban.

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