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TU Central Library (TUCL)

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 values 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.

1. Objective

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.

1.1. TUCL is the national coordination institute for the international network for the availability of scientific publication (INASP) in Nepal. INASP nominated TUCL as the national coordinating institute for Nepal to implement Programme for Enhancement of Resources Information Implement (PERI) programme in Nepal. This programme was implemented in February 2003. Since then PERI has made 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 on line journals.

1.2    TUCL has been compiling the Nepalese national Bibliography (NNB) since 1981. It acquires Nepalese publications on purchase and as gift. Nepal Research Centre, Germany, has supported TUCL in compiling NNB. So far TUCL has published ninth issues of this publication.

1.3    TUCL is the national agency for International Standard Book Number (ISBN) to Nepalese Publications. It has provided ISBN to more than 26000 Nepalese publications since the ISBN system began in January 2000.

In addition to the university, the library has also been providing services to the government ministries, foreign diplomatic missions, local and foreign scholars and others. The library has the following special collections:

2. Special Collections

2.1    Archive collection

2.2    Audiovisual collection

2.3    Microfilm collection

2.4    Nepal collection

2.5    Nepali Research Journal collection

2.6    Rare Book collection

2.7    Reference collection

2.8    Research Journals collection

2.9    Singh collection

2.10  Textbook collection

2.11  United Nations Depository collection

3. Services Rendered

Library provides the following services:

Circulation Service

3.1    Book Reservation

3.2    Reference service

3.3    User Education service

3.4    Press Clipping service

3.5    Content service

3.6    Xerox service

3.7    E-mail and Internet service

3.8    Information Technology (IT) services

3.9    E-resources

3.10  Special collection services

3.11  Document delivery service


4. NepJol (Nepalese Journal Online)

4.1What is NepJol?

Nepjol is a programme under PERI, which includes nepalese journals in English accessible worldwide through the Web 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 50 Nepalese journals in English are uploaded in the Nepjol website.

4.2 NepJOL offers participating publishers the following opportunities:

•     Online hosting of abstracts free of charge

•     Opportunity to load full text online

•     Loading and managing own content

•     Consistent growth in exposure

•     Online instructions for authors

•     Contact information

4.3 NepJol offers the researcher these possibilities:

•     Reputable peer reviewed journals

•     Free access to abstracts

•     Free email alerts

•     Sophisticated searching facilities

•     Link to online full-text

•     Online article submission

5. International Relation:

TUCL has recently signed an MOU with the library of University of Miyazaki, Japan, for a period of five years. The following five major activities are included in the MOU:


1.   Utilization of the library

2.   Exchange of publications

3.   Cooperation in library development projects

4.   Exchange of Library staff

5.   Other exchange projects to which both libraries agree

Both the libraries will provide opportunities for researchers of Japan and Nepal to be familiar with each other’s services. Specialized programmmes can be carried. Library staff will have an opportunity to share, learn and exchange ideas to improve library services of both the libraries. Finally cooperation will turn to the development of libraries. Perhaps, TUCL is the first library of Nepal which has signed MOU with the library of Japan.

6. Microfilm Unit

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.


1.   Ranajiko Vanshavali (Published in 1992 B. S.)

2.   An account of Kingdom of Nepal, being the substance of observation during a mission to that country in the year 1793 (Published in 1811)

3.   Asia the first; on the Kocch, Bodo and Dhimal tribes (Published in 1848)


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 also 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. More than 500 users used the collections in 2010.

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 from 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 immensely to the researchers to improve the quality of research and helps to complete the research on time. All researchers are requested to provide their research to TUCL in digital form.

14. Strategic Plan

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 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.

16. Consideration of National Movement

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.


Mr. Janardan Dhungana


Tribhuvan University Central Library Building

P. O. Box. 8212

Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: (977-1)4330834, 4331317



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