In a momentous stride into the digital age, the National Library of Nepal has introduced online International Serial Standard Number (ISSN) registration for magazines and journals. This groundbreaking announcement was made during a workshop dedicated to the preservation of books and newspapers, commemorating the 16th Library Day.
The National Library, operating under government auspices, has been the authorized body for issuing ISSNs since 2008. Over the years, it has successfully allocated ISSNs to 1,551 newspapers and journals. Originally headquartered in Harihar Bhawan, Lalitpur, the library relocated to Sanothimi, Bhaktapur, following the devastating earthquake in 2015.
Suresh Adhikari, Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, inaugurated the online ISSN service, underlining his expectations for this digital leap to enhance efficiency and elevate publication standards. Dashrath Mishra, the head of the National Library, echoed these sentiments and shared plans for ongoing service improvements.
Deputy Secretary Pitambar Bhandari, speaking at the event, expressed the Ministry's unwavering commitment to developing comprehensive legislation that will ensure the seamless operation of libraries throughout the country.
For publishers, writers, and avid readers, the launch of online ISSN services represents a significant milestone in Nepal's journey toward a more accessible and efficient library system. As the nation steps into the digital realm, the National Library remains at the forefront, adapting to the evolving needs of its patrons.