At the turning point of the new era the National Library of Thailand is still the landmark for students, researchers and general users to consult when they need of additional knowledge and information.
Source: The National Library of Thailand
The National of Library of Thailand has had its main tasks of collecting, storing, preserving and organizing all national intellectual property heritage; Science and technology; Arts and national culture in forms of Thai manuscripts i.e. stone inscriptions, palmleaves, Thai traditional books, printed publications as well as audio-visual materials and electronic materials etc. National Library of Thailand is a national information source of which rendering unlimited knowledge and information technology to nationwide users all walks of life; pupils, students, researcher, Thai and oversea general public in central and provincial parts of Thailand.
National Library has long history, and has so far successfully been developed for years, since the three main libraries Mandira Dharma Library, Vajirayanana Library and Buddhasasana Sangaha Library were amalgamated entitled “Vajirayanana Library for the Capital City”, by royal command of King Chulalongkorn the Great, October 12, 1905. The library has been so far under the royal patronage of succeeding Chackri Dynasty’s Kings up until now. In 1933, after being changed into democracy regime, the Fine Arts Department was established and ministered the “Vajirayanana Library for the Capital City” by royal degree. The National Library has been initiatedly prospered successively and was later renamed “National Library” up to the present time. In 1966, the National Library was transferred to Samsen road and has been under the Ministry of Culture for the time being.Source: wikipedia
A year ago I went to Bangkok, Thailand for academic visit purposes. Thailand is likely to be known as the land of White Elephant which represent the sacred animal in Thailand social believes system.
We have the privilege to meet the Director of the National Library of Thailand (NLT) and shared the latest development of librarianship, especially with Thais exception of library institution. Surprisingly, the existence of NLT in the heart of Thai people is highly appreciated as the Thai Kings themselves value the importance of knowledge and enrich the culture of Thais.
The NLT is separated into various functions, as each function serve with different purpose.
|Ancient Manuscripts||Monday-Friday||9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.|
|Rare Books||Monday-Friday||9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.|
|Media Act / ISBN / ISSN||Monday-Friday||9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.|
|General Publications||Monday-Friday||9.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m|
|Saturday-Sunday||9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.|
|Internet / CD-ROM||Monday-Friday||9.00 a.m. – 6.15 p.m.|
|Saturday-Sunday||9.00 a.m. – 4.45 p.m.|
|King Vajiravudh Memorial Hall||Monday-Friday||9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.|
|Music Library||Monday-Saturday||9.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.|