Yangon will soon have the National Library that will be open in a newly renovated and modernized building in April, 2020.
Originally the former Burma Oil Corporation in the colonial era, the building is located on Merchant Road in the downtown area. The renovation started in 2017 and after 3 years, the building is almost ready to open its doors to the public. Along with the new library management system, the library is upgraded with new furniture and equipment.
Reports have said, some installments have been made to the new library which included 42,383 publications, 38,083 books and 2467 sets of palm leaves inscribed with ancient literature.
According to the President Office of Myanmar, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture has also bid for installation of a digital library under the management of the Yangon Region government.
“Now that we have completed the renovation of this historic building and we plan to provide the best services once the new building opens”, said Daw Yee Yee Htwe, director of the Department of Historical Research and National Library.
The new library will be open for all citizens to improve acknowledgement and increase the intellectual development of people. With reading rooms, a stable WiFi connection, children’s corner and many more, it will surely be a place for citizens to enhance the habit of reading.