Updated : May 6, 2019
Universities and Colleges around the world usually maintain libraries and offer cross-loans for rare books and documents. Many also have Digital libraries.
There are Public Libraries and Private Libraries.
Rangoon University Central Library
The Chief Librarians for Rangoon University Central Library (RUCL) include
- BBS U Khin Zaw (“K”), father of U Wint Khin Zaw, also served as the first director of “Myanmar Ah Than” (Burma Broadcasting Service).
- U Thein Han (Zawgyi) co-founded the “Khit San Sar Pay”. He is a Laureate Poet.
- U Thaw Kaung is the son of Sithu U Kaung.
- U Thaw Kaung and Saya U Ba Than (M) were the early supporters of the HMEE (History of Myanmar Engineering Education) project. U Thaw Kaung provided access to the library archives for Saya U Soe Paing (EE, UCC) and his team to compile an early draft for the HMEE-2012 book.
Before the Internet, most libraries use the Dewey Decimal System for cataloging books. Since the distribution of the books is not uniform, some books have several decimal digits following the original three digit category.
ISBN is used by major publishers. A Stanford University Arts Professor wanted to use “The Illustrated History of Buddhism” by Ashin Janabhivamsa (Taung Myo Sayadaw) and illustrated by Saya U Ba Kyi. Since the book did not have an ISBN, the book could not be ordered and sold through the University Book Store.
The Library of Congress has a large collection of books. It also has a section for books from Asian countries. The books in the Burma Collection are cataloged using phonetic transcription of the Burmese title. Daw Khin Khin Htwe retired as Librarian from the Library of Congress.
Northern Illinois University (NIU) has a Burma Center. U Saw Tun is the Head of the Burmese Department. NIU has an Asian Collection include a section on Burma Collection. Daw May Kyi Win (GBNF) worked on the Burma Collection.
U Win Pe (Maung Swan Yi) served as Secretary of the Burmese Curriculum and later studied Library Science. He wrote an article in Myanmar Gazette about collecting Burmese books for access via the New York libraries and the Library of Congress.