Nepal Japan Library was founded in 2001 at Lazimpat, right beside the British Embassy. With the intention of developing the reading habits of children and others, the library was established. Their slogan is “Reading is fun,” to encourage people to come to their library and enjoy a book. The library provides multiple genres—literature, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama and more—to choose from according to your taste. The library welcomes all, from children to adults, with adults having to pay a small entry fee which helps to run the library. Their main part of the library resides on the first floor, while the junior section is located at the ground floor. If you have any study work material and require a quiet place, the Nepal Japan Library is right for you.
The library also hosts activities for children every Saturday, so if your kids or younger siblings are bored and don’t have anything to do, why not take them there, where they will quickly become engaged in origami, story-telling, painting or science experiments—it all depends what’s happening on the Saturday you visit. As for adults and teens, the first floor is for you, with computer access, too, that you can use for research purposes and to search the books that are available in the library.
Nepal Japan Library contains books in four languages: English, Nepali, Hindi and Japanese. They also have a volunteer program at the library, with volunteers helping to arrange books, play or read with the children, and so on.. If you volunteer enough then they even provide you with an experience letter, so you can proudly show it off as needed.
The library is open six days a week, Thursday-Tuesday from 12:00 PM- 5:30 PM; on Wednesday they are closed, and they charge just Rs.10 for adults and teenagers. So if you’re curious to visit, do go and see it for yourself—you’ll be amazed by the many categories of books available and how huge the library is.