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Wednesday 17 August 2022

Library and Archive

The Library of the National Assembly is the main information repository and resource center for legislative and governmental documents in Afghanistan.

At a national level, the Library compiles scientific, professional and research papers for use by Parliamentarians, Secretariat staff, and researchers and students. The Library’s main focus is dedicated to collecting information for the legislature, as well as functioning as the main research center of documents and information useful in the governing of the country. Since its inauguration in 2006, the Library’s resources have more than quadrupled and now number over 14,000 volumes.

The Library’s goals are three-fold: 1) build the capacity of Parliamentarians and Secretariat staff at a professional level; 2) assist in learning and research; and, 3) establish a legislative archive.  

Resources of the Library and Archive

The Library’s resources include books (both reference and non-reference), official documents, research papers, reports, publication collections, minutes of meetings and conferences, articles, and a collection of scientific magazines and periodicals. The Library also contains over 6000 multimedia items, including CDs, DVDs, audio tapes and video resources. Internet access is available and free of charge. 

Sections of the Library include:

  • Laws of Afghanistan
  • Historical annals of Afghanistan
  • Legislative Archive (plenary session documents)
  • Photos from plenary sessions
  • Reference materials
  • Technical materials
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Magazines, Newspapers and Periodicals
  • Afghanistan Studies
  • World Bank information  

Subject areas include language and culture, business and management, religion, legal studies, social studies, political science, economics, history, philosophy, psychology, and technology.

 The magazine and periodical section carries publications and magazines from line ministries as well as local provincial magazines.

 The Library and Archive is interested in establishing partnerships with other libraries, research and scientific centers, and media institutions in the region and around the world to respond to the needs of its users more effectively.

 The Library was established with the assistance of USAID, UNDP, the World Bank, and the embassies of Iran and Saudi Arabia. These institutions helped in procuring materials and equipment and the training of library staff.