KATHMANDU, Sept 18: The Nepal National Library (NNL) has started providing the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) to magazines and journals of various publications through online medium.
So far, the NNL has provided the ISSN to 1,551 newspapers and journals. The number can now be obtained digitally.
The library under the Government of Nepal has started providing the service since 2065 BS. The library is considered the official body to provide the ISSN. The library, which was operating from Harihar Bhawan, Pulchowk, Lalitpur, has been shifted to Sanothimi, Bhaktapur since the mega earthquakes of 2015.
Suresh Adhikari, secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, launched the online ISSN service for newspapers on Sunday on the occasion of the 16th National Library Day. He expressed hope that the service would be more effective in the days to come.
Head of the NNL Dasharath Mishra said the service will be made more effective. On the occasion, Pitambar Bhandari, the ministry's undersecretary, said that the government will formulate integrated laws required for the smooth operation of the entire library system. Suresh Kumar Yadav, head of the Keshar Library, gave a presentation on the current situation, possibilities and challenges faced by the Keshar Library.