Yan­gon her­itage build­ing to be­come na­tional li­brary

Pres­i­dent U Htin Kyaw has ap­proved a Yan­gon Her­itage Trust pro­posal to re­lo­cate the Na­tional Li­brary to down­town Yan­gon, mak­ing the na­tional archives more ac­ces­si­ble.

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - TIN YADANAR TUN tinyada­nar­tun@mm­times.com

PRES­I­DENT U Htin Kyaw has ap­proved a Yan­gon Her­itage Trust pro­posal to re­lo­cate the Na­tional Li­brary to down­town Yan­gon, mak­ing the na­tional archives more vis­i­ble and avail­able to the pub­lic.

The books will be moved from their cur­rent lo­ca­tion on Thiri Min­galar Yeik­thar Road in Yankin town­ship to the former Burma Oil Com­pany head­quar­ters on Mer­chant Street, af­ter the build­ing has been ren­o­vated by YHT.

“This will be a great step for­ward for the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the old down­town. The li­brary will also be far more ac­ces­si­ble to the gen­eral pub­lic,” wrote YHT chair U Thant Myint-U on the group’s Face­book page.

He thanked U Thant Thaw Kaung, chief li­brar­ian at Yan­gon Uni­ver­sity Cen­tral Li­brary.

The Min­istry of En­ergy ten­dered the build­ing late last year for long-term rent. Daw Shwe Yin Mar Oo, pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager for YHT said she could not yet pro­vide ad­di­tional de­tails.

State me­dia re­ported on July 29 that the Na­tional Li­brary has 172,556 books, 435,580 pe­ri­od­i­cals, 12,323 palm leaf manuscripts, 345 hand-writ­ten let­ters, 25,468 rare books and other lit­er­ary ma­te­ri­als.

The Global New Light of Myan­mar pub­lished a brief his­tory of the li­brary, which has re­port­edly been re­lo­cated sev­eral times since in­de­pen­dence. The Bernard Free Li­brary was taken over by the Min­istry of Cul­ture in 1952, re­named State Li­brary, and moved to the Ju­bilee Hall, it said.

It later be­came the Na­tional Li­brary and moved to Pan­so­dan Street and then to Yan­gon City Hall. Af­ter mov­ing twice more, the books were tem­po­rar­ily housed in Tarmwe town­ship when the build­ing was dam­aged dur­ing Cy­clone Nar­gis in 2008, they were moved again to their cur­rent lo­ca­tion in Yankin.

Photo: Aung Myin Ye Zaw

A pedes­trian crosses the street in front of the former Burma Oil Com­pany head­quar­ters on Mer­chant Street.

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