JIGME DORJI WANGCHUCK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Public Library(JDWPL) is located in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. It is the first and only public lending library apart from University, Institutes and school libraries in the country. The library was formally established in September, 1978 in a centrally located area opposite of the Bank of Bhutan and shifted to the present premise in 1986. Members of the National Youth Association of Bhutan were involved in setting up the library named after His Majesty the Third King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Till 2000 September JDWPL is under National Library and Archives of Bhutan and by then it was taken over by Thimphu Thromde.
The library is housed in a traditional building on the main street in town which is surrounded by then giant buildings which have come up in the recent years. The library has a reading room, stack rooms for non-fiction, childrenâs books, fiction etc. and a reference room. The current holdings of the library books are 37,479 publications out of which we weeded out 9,002 books over the years and 28,477 books available in the stock. Most of the books removed were damaged beyond repair, and the rest were outdated and no longer popular. The main reason behind weeding out the books is to create space, so we could stock new books that are added annually. The library is very small and can accommodate a limited number of publications.