National Library of Laos Advances Book Access

National Library of Laos

Titles of foreign books in the National Library Of Laos will be recorded in both Lao and foreign languages to make it easier for readers to identify the books. Library staff confirmed the plan to set up the Lao Subject Headings reference book, a guide for the library’s officials to translate  the titles of foreign books into Lao. Library officials yesterday organised a training course for others in understanding how to use the Lao Subject Headings book, said the library’s Director, Mr Bounlerth Thammachak.

The library has set up book groupings such as children’s education and the title being in Lao will make it easier for readers to find the particular book they want. Mr Bounlert said there are about 380,000 books in the library, both Lao and foreign, with Lao books totalling about 30 percent. “The library is continuing to improve, both in the supply of knowledge and in becoming more convenient for users,  who average about 50-70 people each day,” he said. Recently the library’s officials have been in discussion about the Digital Library of Lao Manuscripts project.

The main aim of the project is to enhance the study of Lao literature and culture, here and internationally, through making a  countrywide selection of all original sources of Lao literature freely available via the Internet. The project also seeks ways to enhance networking and coordination with neighbouring countries and overseas on manuscript preservation and inventory projects, with particular reference to the development of digital libraries.

The National Library Of Laos is located on the Corner of Setthathirat and Pangkham Rds, Ban Xiengyeun Thong, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Laos.

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