(17 Dec 2020) The National Library of Mongolia, founded in 1921 as The Institute of Sutras and Scripts, is Mongolia’s oldest and largest library, and entrusted with the mandate to preserve Mongolian national written heritage. As Tibetan was a liturgical language of Mongolia, the Library’s largest holdings are its Tibetan Manuscript Collections. Coming from the private collection of the last Khan as well as from members of the public who had saved these sacred texts from the Communist purges, the Library’s Tibetan Collections contain many rare and precious works of cultural heritage. In 2011, the Library’s Mongolian Tanjur, a large collection of over 3,427 commentaries on Buddhist texts created by Indian and Tibetan masters, was included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
Thanks to support from Khyentse Foundation, and working in collaboration with the National Library’s dedicated staff headed by Library Director Ichinkhorloo Bayarkhuu, BDRC and ACIP have already digitized 2,922 volumes and catalogued 5,297 volumes.
For more details, read the full story from the Buddhist Digital Resource Center here.