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Directorate of Archives and Libraries

Directorate of Archives and Libraries
HeadquartersDhaka, Bangladesh
Region served
Official language
WebsiteDirectorate of Archives and Libraries

Directorate of Archives and Libraries[1] is a government department responsible for the management and operations of the National Library and the National Archives in Bangladesh and is located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[2] It is the International Standard Book Number agency in Bangladesh responsible for providing publishers with ISBNs.[3]


Directorate of Archives and Libraries was founded in 1972 by the President of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. It was placed under the Ministry of Education initially but later placed under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. It was initially located in a rented building and in 1986 it was moved to National Library building which was constructed in 1985. In 2001 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation to build a building for the Directorate of Archives and Libraries. The purpose-built headquarters were partially completed in 2004 and fully completed in 2012.[4]


  1. ^ "Poet Rafiq Azad dies at the age of 74". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  2. ^ Munim, Rifat. "On the Threshold of Learning". The Daily Star. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Use of fictitious ISBN by Bangladeshi publishers". The Daily Star. 30 October 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Directorate of Archives and Libraries-Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh". Retrieved 19 December 2017.