Rajshahi Public Library

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Rajshahi Public Library
HeadquartersRajshahi, Bangladesh
Region served
Official language

Rajshahi Public Library is a public library in Rajshahi and is one of the oldest libraries in Bangladesh.


Rajshahi Public Library was founded by Ananada Nath Roy as Ananada Nath Library in 1866. Ananada Nath Roy was the Raja(king) of Natore. In 1884 the library was renamed to Rajshahi Public Library. The library was supported by Raja Chandra Nath Roy after the death of his father, Raja Ananda Nath Roy. From 1884, Raja Promodanath Roy chaired the library till his death in 1925. From 1925 to 1942, the library was chaired by Kumar Sartkumar Ray. From 1942 to 1943, the chair of the library was the Raja of Natore, Yogindanath Roy. Froom 1943 too 1952, it was chaired by the Raja of Dighapatia, Babu Kishori Mohon Chowdhury. The library fell into decline following the Partition of India as many of its patrons moved to India.[1]

Since 1952, the library has been managed by the District Commissioner of Rajshahi District. The library lost its records and many of its books and furniture during the Bangladesh Liberation war in 1971. A catalogue of the books was created after the independence of Bangladesh. The Library has over 35 thousand books.[1] In 2017, Rajshahi city Corporation announced plans to renovate the library with financial assistance of the Indian government.[2] The plans to demolish the 130 year old building and replace it with a brand new library building has generated controversy.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Rajshahi Public Library". Banglapedia. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Public library in Rajshahi to get facelift". The Daily Sun. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  3. ^ Independent, The. "130-year-old Rajshahi library bldg awaits demolition". 130-year-old Rajshahi library bldg awaits demolition | theindependentbd.com. Retrieved 2018-11-25.