International Mother Language Institute Library

About the Library

International Mother Language Institute (IMLI) contains about one hundred different types of script objects. It has a rich reference library. IMLI wants to preserve detailed information of all these objects in a secured database system in the Museum & Archive to prevent loss of historical information of these valuable language objects. Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina laid its foundation stone on March 15, 2001. Construction started on April 6, 2003, stopped with the next change of government, and resumed on February 11, 2008. Three stories of the proposed twelve were built. It was officially completed on February 21, 2010. In 2015 UNESCO applied Category II Institute status to IMLI.


It has more than 62 thousand reading materials. There are 45,000 books, bound gazettes from 1948 to 2013, over 500 online e-books, extra ordinary gazette from 1972 to 2012, district gazetteers of Indian different provinces from 1886 to 1914, Bangladesh district gazetteers up to 1996, Govt. publications, rules, acts, orders, ordinance, reports are preserved here and a good number of other resources of the library cover all branches of knowledge. Besides books, daily newspapers, both English and Bangla, local and foreign magazines and periodicals are kept regularly. The library materials are arranged under modern cataloguing systems that the news can get them easily. Though it is a reference library, it has developed its collection of various subjects to provide the required information to the Government officials.


According to the ''Instruction for Users of the IMLI Library'' all Government officers and staffs in the secretariat and all admin cadre officers in Bangladesh are entitled to become the library member. Besides rendering service to the members it serves local and foreign researchers to assist and cooperate in their research:


Currently, the library provides lending, reference, readers' guidance, internet, reading, book searching and printing, current awareness services to its users. The Wi-Fi and broadband internet connection of the library building help the library users to access online resources easily.

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