TUCL was established in 1959 along with TU. This is the largest library in Nepal in terms of space, collection, users, its activities, service and number of library members. The library has rich collection of general and special collections of valuable, rare books, journals and manuscripts etc. The special collections are of great value and useful to the scholars and researchers of Nepal and outside. The library is depository of United Nations, its agencies and many other international organizations publications. TUCL has been a depository of TU’s publications since 2009.
The prime objective of the library is to support university’s research and teaching, and to help planners and decision makers of the country by providing necessary materials both in conventional and electronic format.
At the request of TUCL, the Government of Nepal has made a circular to all governments’ offices to provide their publications to TUCL since 2009.
possible for the Nepali scientists, scholars, professors, researchers and others to make an access to world’s more than 25,000 high quality scientific electronics online journals. Now the name of PERI has changed into SRKS (System Research and Knowledge System) for R&D activities in nation building.
Library provides the following services:
(Nepalese Journal Online)
NepJOL is a programme under PERI, which includes nepalese journals in English accessible worldwide through the Web www.nepjol.info. The NepJOL website uses the open access journals system created by the public knowledge project based in Canada. Researchers can read free abstracts and access full text articles from participating journals. Authors can submit their articles to NepJOL online website. So far 98 Nepalese journals in English are uploaded in the NepJOL website.
TUCL has recently signed MOU with the INASP, OXFORD, UK on behalf of NepJOL. The following
6 major subscribed informations purchase is as following. Along with these resources, open access to free sources is available in TUCL.
The library provides opportunities for researchers of USA and abroad to be familiar with TUCL services. Specialized programmes can be carried. Library staff will have an opportunity to share, learn and exchange ideas to improve library services from INASP, OXFORD. Finally cooperation will turn to the development of libraries. Perhaps, the attempt of TUCL is the first of Nepal which has signed MOU with the INASP in relation to e-resources.
Microfilm unit was established on October 4, 2004. The main objective of the unit is to preserve valuable or even unique historical, cultural, educational books, old documents and journals of Nepal on a priority basis. At present, the library is microfilming rare books and newspapers. So far some of the important titles have been microfilmed.
Similarly the Library has also microfilmed Regmi Research Collections’ unpublished, hand written and rare documents.
7. American Studies collection
Commemorating the Golden jubilee of Nepal-US diplomatic relations, the American Embassy in Kathmandu donated 1300 volumes of books to TU Central Library on March 9, 1997. This collection is very useful to the social scientists, students and for those who are interested on American life, culture and literature. The printed form of title and author index and the bibliographic database for the OPAC is available for retrieval of the records. The statistics shows that 1,604 volumes of books from this section are used in the year 2009/10.
8. Japanese Studies Collection
The Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Tsutomu Hiraoka and the Former Vice Chancellor of TU Prof. Dr. Govinda Prasad Sharma jointly inaugurated the Japanese Studies Collection at TUCL on February 23, 2005. The collection includes more than 300 volumes of useful and valuable books including documents on Japanese studies, journals, newspapers, etc.
9. Automation of
TU Central Library
Library Automation was a common phenomenon of developed world towards the end of 20th Century. In Nepal, no library of national institutions was fully automated until TU Central Library (TUCL) recently introduced Integrated Library Automation KOHA System that includes computerization of Book Purchasing, Classification and Cataloguing and Book Transaction function. TUCL started to provide Machine Readable Card to its students,
teachers, and staff needed for book transaction. Library Automation increases the authenticity and quality of services provided to the users.
10. Cataloguing in Publication Data (CIP)
TUCL started to provide CIP to the publisher of Nepal for new publications on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Year 2066 B.S. of TU CIP reduces the book processing time of the librarian. It helps to maintain the consistency in the book shelving. It helps to locate the same book globally.
11. Services of e-resources
TUCL has been providing services from e-resources since 2002. It has reduced the geographical as well as time barrier to have access to quality information and helped the researchers to complete their research on time in unproved quality.
12. TU Publications Depository
TU Executive Council at the request of TUCL has decided to collect all publication of TU and preserved at TUCL for future use since 2009. Two copies of such publications are organized in TU Archive Section of TUCL.
13. Nepal Thesis Database
TUCL has developed a Nepal Thesis Database, a full text database of Ph.D. dissertations completed by Nepali Scholars at home and abroad. The database helps the researchers immensely to improve the quality of research and helps complete the research on time. All researchers are requested to provide their research to TUCL in digital form.
With financial assistance from UGC, Nepal, under their HEP-2nd Project, a strategic plan is in implementation at TUCL. The objective of the plan is to develop TUCL as an Advanced Research Library to meet the information requirement of all universities of Nepal.
15. National Depositary of Digital Publication
Libraries are the memory of the human, extraordinary repositories of documents of human knowledge and thoughts. TUCL is the largest and the most used library of Nepal. It offers its resources and facilities to all the library users for free except the internet service established in 1959 with a collection of 1200 books in a very inadequate space.
TUCL today has a collection of over 350, 000 library materials. It gives modern facilities to meet the contemporary global standards. Significant progress in knowledge banking at TUCL has been made as a result of collective efforts of the government, donor agencies, its efficient management team and hardworking employees. It has been continuously serving students, teachers, professors, TU staff as well as others as knowledge resource centre for more than 5 decades.
With an increasing demand from the TU students and teachers, TUCL has taken new initiative to establish national depositary of digital publication. This initiative aims to publish the resource and reference materials in a digital form and make them easily available. TUCL has given first priority to compile the Ph.D. research paper of students in a digital form under this initiative. Library staff, teachers and students will benefit for thesis and research paper writing from this scheme. Once this scheme is accomplished, TUCL will continue to work on digital publication by indentifying next scheme.
Library management team has a vision to develop TUCL as a national monument of education and knowledge and has anticipated visits from all around the globe.
A separate Research section has been managed for researcher, teachers, M. Phil. and Ph.D scholars and others professional peer groups.
In collaboration with the Central Department of Environment Science of Tribhuvan University, TUCL has a provision of disaster corner by the facility of important documents of landslide, soil erosion, flood control, environmental pollution and earthquake.
UGC has offered to TUCL the provision of video conference with well equipped instruments and apparatus. Six video conferencing have already been organized in TUCL beginning with 300 teachers and student. Until now NREN used to bring the necessary equipment itself.
The installation of CCTV has helped a lot in terms of the safety of books and the monitoring and supervision of the library users and students activities. About 10 CCTVSs need to be added and a bigger monitoring screen in necessary as the present one is too small for monitoring the activities through a large number of CCTVs.
Mr. Janardan Dhungana
TU Central Library
Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: 977-1-4330834, 977-1-4331317