National Library to be relocated to commercial hub of Yangon City

(28 July 2016) The National Library is moving from distant Yankin township to Pabedan township, a convenient environment in the commercial hub of Yangon City.

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 hand-written letters, 25,468 rare books and other literary materials.

In more than half a century the library has been on the move, at one point housed in The Yangon City Hall. Its move to Yankin township came after it was damaged by Cyclone Nargis in 2008.

Myanmar Library Association’s chairman U Than Aung and Yangon Heritage Trust’s chairman Dr Thant Myint-U wrote President U Htin Kyaw on 6 May and requested the relocation of the library to a proper place in the heart of downtown.

Dr Thant Myint-U of Yangon Heritage Trust said that the new location of the library would be at the Burma Oil Corporation (BOC) building, at No 604/608, Merchant Street, Pabedan township, Yangon, a century-old building surrounded by financial institutions and recreation centres.

The Global New Light of Myanmar has the story in full.