The National Library of Laos has a mission to preserve national cultural heritage; foster reading for development; and to promote organisational excellence in order to build a knowledge society for Lao people.
—National Library of Laos Mission Statement, 2015
Strategic Objectives 2016 – 2020
Objective 1: Acquire, Preserve and Build Knowledge
Build NLL Collections which:
- reflect and preserve Lao history, culture and society
- better inform Lao people and international visitors about Lao history, culture and society.
- support social inclusion for all Lao people,
- promote innovation and new forms of creativity; and
- incorporate local knowledge and wisdom.
Objective 2: Improve Public Access to NLL
Improve public access to collections and services, especially via the creation of a “Digital Library”, to:
- enable more equitable and inclusive access to online information
- improve the economic, educational, health and social livelihoods of Lao people, including all ethnic groups.
- encourage deeper regional and international links
- support lifelong learning and the development of a knowledge society
Objective 3: Develop Professional NLL Staff
Promote staff professional learning and development opportunities to increase staff skills, knowledge and expertise.
Objective 4: Enhance NLL Organisational Structure
Strengthen the library infrastructure relating to library staff, legislation, content management systems and processes in order to improve the quality of library & information services.
Objective 5: Strengthen Communities through Reading Promotion
Raise awareness of the importance and benefits of reading to primary school aged children in Vientiane province AND increase their access to reading resources via mobile library outreach services to encourage reading for pleasure.
BETTER PUBLIC AND SCHOOL LIBRARIES
Objective 6: Improve Quality of Public and School Library Services in Laos
Upgrade library staff capacity in provinces around the country supporting them to deliver better quality public and school library services in their communities.
The National Library of Laos (NLL) is currently under the direction of the Department of Publishing within the Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism.
NLL works cooperatively with the Lao Library Association, other Lao Government departments and ministries, publishers, Foreign Governments and NGOs, businesses and members of the community to promote the benefits of reading and to increase public understanding of the role of libraries across the country.
There are currently 39 staff working at the Library, including 21 women. Our friendly and welcoming staff strive to deliver outstanding service to local and international visitors to the Library.
Click here for a copy of the 2015 CDNLAO Country Report.
The organisational structure of the Library is made up of Director, four Deputy Directors and six sections, each managed by a Head of Section. Click here to view or download a copy of the current Organisation Chart.
The National Library of Laos officially opened in 1956. Originally it came under the Department of Fine Arts in the Ministry of Education.
After National Liberation in 1975, the Library’s name was changed to The Directorate of Libraries, Museums and Archeology under the same ministry. In 1983, the Library came under the Department of Public Culture in the Ministry of Information and Culture and was housed in the same building as the Revolutionary Museum.
In 1985, the Library moved to its current location opposite Namphu Fountain in the centre of Vientiane. Since 1997, the Library has operated as the National Library of Laos (NLL).
For the past 25 years, the National Library of Laos (NLL) has actively engaged with the community to improve literacy outcomes in Laos.
Each year NLL promotes the benefits of reading through our International Children’s Day (1 June) and International Literacy Day (8 September) events. Our staff conducts activities for children including puppet shows, storytelling, drawing competitions and other games that encourage children to read for enjoyment.