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Nepalese-German Manuscript Cataloguing Project


Library of the NRC


The NRC houses an academic reference library containing more than 3,500 items relating chiefly to Nepal. The books cover subjects such as literature, grammar, palaeography, history, art and culture. The library includes various Nepalese and Western Indological journals. There is a comprehensive collection of Nepali, Hindi, Newari, Sanskrit, Classical and Modern Tibetan, English and German dictionaries. Catalogues of different collections of Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan manuscripts, block prints and other documents are also available. The library possesses a paper copy of all index cards of the items (more than 180,000) microfilmed by the Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project (NGMPP). It also houses the original logbooks of the NGMPP prepared during more than 30 years of microfilming across the width and breadth of Nepal. In addition, microfilm copies of selected Nepalese newspapers, mainly The Rising Nepal, are available.

Reader registration

Everyone is welcome to visit and use the NRC Library. However, before using our reading rooms, you will need to register. For this purpose obtain a registration form from the librarian and enter all requested details on it. You must also provide proof of identification. Once registered, you will be allowed to use books in accordance with the NRC Library rules.

Terms and rules

• The NRC Library is a reference library, which means that books can be used only in its reading rooms.

• It is not possible to take books on loan.

• Readers may consult the NRC Library’s catalogue (containing a title index, author index, and subject index) and note down the call numbers of the books they wish to use.

• It is possible to view the books directly on the shelves. However, it is strictly prohibited to take out books from the shelves. If you are interested in a particular book, please ask the librarian for assistance.

• The books which a reader intends to use should first be entered under the reader’s name in the NRC Library’s registration database.

• It is strictly prohibited to write in the books or tear out pages. Any notes taken should be on a separate sheet of paper.

• We all have a responsibility to safeguard the NRC Library’s books for future generations. Do not steal books! All acts of theft and vandalism will be prosecuted.

• Photocopies of library material not covered by copyright law will be provided upon request. The photocopies can usually be collected three working days after ordering them.

• After finishing your work, please return the books to the librarian personally so that they can be logged out.

• No bags, rucksacks, coats or similar items are allowed in the reading rooms. Such items should be left either on the coat rack or with the manager on the ground floor of the NRC.

• Notebooks can be used in the main reading room. Appropriate power points are available.

• Last but not least, users of the NRC library are kindly requested to take the following Sanskrit maxim to heart:

"A book written with effort should be zealously protected from water, fire, thieves and – especially – mice!"

Opening hours

The NRC Library is open to all visitors from

Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On Saturday, Sunday and official holidays the NRC Library remains closed.

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