Directorate of Archives and Libraries under the Ministry of Cultural affairs comprises two important national professional institutions having international impact.
|Dr.K.M. Karim||Prof. Dr. Md. Taibul Hassan Khan
|First Director(1972-1990)||Present Director|
All non-official and official records of historical value are preserved in the National Archives. National Library is the legal depository of all new books and printed materials published in the country under Copy Right Law. The directorate is run by only one Director and two Deputy Directors with their respective physical infrastructure including own self reliant building and other logistics infrastructure like, Security personnel, technical manpower, Transport, Machinery, equipments, information resources, users group, service system, Act. International community, publications etc. The present National Library was basically the Central Library of pre independence Bangladesh.
It was established in 1967 as the part of the then National Library. After independence, this Central Library was turned and declared as the National Library of Bangladesh and started functioning on 6-11-1972 in Dhaka. The National Archives was formally set up in Dhaka after independence. In 1972 this twin national organizations were brought under one Directorate in the name of Directorate Archives and Libraries under the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture Division. After the creation of Ministry of Cultural Affairs in 1988. The Sports and Culture Division including Directorate came automatically under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs for rapid development and florishment in the light of plan, policy and infrastructure of the government.