Maps and Photograps
The Hindi collection :
About 75% of the books in this section are in Hindi. They form a collection of particular interest to researchers in Hindi literature. Most items in the collection were published pre-1960, and there are many dating from the early twentieth century and before. The stock includes historic encyclopedias and dictionaries, religious texts in Hindi translation, works on ayurveda and on Indian philosophy. The collection is on open access and is indexed both in the card catalogue and OPAC.
Other Indian languages :
A substantial collection of books in a number of other Indian languages including Bengali, Urdu, Marathi, and Pharsi have also been preserved from the legacy of Hem Raj Pandey, but full cataloguing of these sections remains to be carried out.
The Nepali book collection has gradually been built up over the past 40 years, since the establishment of the Nepal National Library. Almost 50% of the collection comprises Nepali literary works, including poetry, drama, essays, short stories, and novels. Of the other subjects covered, the social sciences are most strongly represented, followed by history, biography, religion and language. The collection, which is on open access, is classified by the Dewey Decimal Classification, and author, title and subject indexing is provided by the card catalogue and there is also OPAC facility.
The Sanskrit collection contains some rare and valuable books, including printed “lipi” or leaf books. Some items date back to the early nineteenth century. For Sanskrit scholars and researchers this is the most significant collection and one of the largest collections of printed Sanskrit books in Nepal. The collection includes many works of philosophy, religion, history, Ayurveda and Sanskrit literature. The collection can be searched through OPAC.