During the last days of the Rana regime, Kaiser Shumshere was
the Lord Saheb In-Charge of the Nepalese Army. Right from his
very young age of 15 or 16 Kaiser Shumshere was interested in
buying and collecting different types of books and newspapers.
In that very young age he also got a chance to visit England with
his father Maharaja Chandra. He was very much impressed by the
ruling system of England, as well as by the library system and
the proper management of books there. Book collection was his
hobby and his visit to Britain & British libraries led to
increase the number of his books and change in the structure of
his own library. From England, he bought & brought with him
many books to Kathmandu. Even though the books in his library
grew in number they were his personal property and ordinary people
didn't get chance to read them or to have an access to his library.
The library was limited to the members of his family, special
people of the nation and special visitors from abroad. It remained
personal for many years even after the Revolution of 2007 B.S.
(1950 A.D.) which introduced democracy in Nepal. Before his death
in 2021 B.S. (1964 A.D.) he wished to hand over his library to
the government, thereby making it a national property so that
everybody could get the benefit out of it. According to her Hiness
Krishna Chandra Devi Rana was taken over by the government of
Nepal, and since the year 2026 B.S. (1969 A.D.) it is running
under the name of Kaiser Library.
The Kaiser Library is situated in the Kaiser Mahal a central city of Kathmandu valley, and right in front of the Western Gate of the Narayan Hiti Royal Palace . Kaiser Mahal was the residence of Late Field Marshal Kaiser Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana son of the late Prime Minister Chandra Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana.The Kaiser Library itself is unique in terms of art, architecture, cultural heritage, photographs, and paintings mingled at one place.
10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. (except on public holidays)
Winter : 10.00
A.M. to 4.00 P.M. (except on public holidays)