Home Libraries Initiative

During the period of lock down of the country due to CoVid-19 in 2020-2021, when access to libraries was restricted due to restriction in movement, the Nepal Library Foundation came up with the idea to promote every home to establish library within its premises. Consultation for execution of the idea started in January 2021 and by March, 2021, it had turned into a national campaign. The campaign’s mission is to encourage every house to systematically arrange books, magazines and other materials at a visible location in the house, for example the drawing room and promote reading.

By March “Home Library Coordinators” had been appointed in 18 districts. Generous donations of books have been received from publisher and a recognized writer Chayadatta Newpane and Mausami Shrestha, a Nepali resident in the USA. Newpane has donated two books each to 152 houses and newpane has pledged Rs. 2000 for ten poor families.

The municipality of Triguna , Udayayapur, Gaighat now requires a room dedicated to a “ Home Library” in all building permit applications. A copy of the municipalities’ order is included in the Gallery.

“Pustakalaya Awaj”, Nepal’s only magazine dedicated to library development, published a story on the development of the “Home Library” campaign in its April, 2021 issue.