Entry Fee : No entry fee
Timings : Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Closed on Saturday and Public Holidays
Kaiser Library or Keshar Library is located in Kathmandu's Kaiser Mahal, containing over 45,000 books from the personal collection of the Field Marshal Kaiser Shumsher Rana. It was established in 1969 and has a wide range of books covering subjects including history, law, art, religion, philosophy, etc. It was as a famous tourist attraction, but after Nepal was struck by an earthquake in 2015, the library took a major hit. Although the ground floor has been restored and opened to the public, the grandeur of the place is more or less lost. One may still visit to check out the collection of books and artefacts that were recovered and restored.
The library originally had gorgeous wooden furniture, antique decor with mirrors, portraits, statues, taxidermied animals and weapons on display. It had two floors with huge windows to let enough light and air come in. The seating was well planned with dark wood tables, and chairs and all the books were stacked beautifully in wooden racks. What remains now is just the ground floor with the recovered collection stacked haphazardly. There is very little space for readers to sit down and read one of the works of literature, but visitors can borrow some books from the library. The recovered collection has some rare books, first editions and some about a thousand year old. Outside the library is an enchanting garden with fountains, verandas, pavilions, a lotus pool and birdhouses which quite resemble the Edwardian Gardens.
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