harmandir sahib sikh referance library

The concept of Sikh Reference library came into existence in 1947, however the idea took many years to materialize. The concept was put forth by Princess Bamba, the daughter of Dalip Singh Sukerchakia. She was the last member of Maharaja Ranjit Singh's family. The idea was carried forward by Dr Ganda Singh from local Khalsa College. He with the help of Sikh History Research Board was instrumental in giving the reference library its present shape. Initially it was started at Khalsa College but later it was shifted to its present location at the Harimandir Sahib (Golden Temple) complex.

some pictures of SIKH REFERANCE LIBRARY in golden temple

Sikh Reference Library

Old newspapers

Files of newspapers

library lobby

historical material in library

Before its destruction, the library contained rare books and manuscripts on Sikh religion, history, and culture. It also contained handwritten manuscripts of the Guru Granth Sahib and Hukmnamas containing signatures of Sikh Gurus.

The library also held documents related to the Indian Independence Movement.Prior to its destruction by Indian troops, the library hosted a vast collection of an estimated 20,000 literary works, including 11,107 books (another estimate puts the number of books having been 12,613), 2,500 manuscripts, 20–25 handwritten edicts (hukamnama) signed and issued by the Sikh Gurus, newspaper archives, historical letters, documents/files. It also contained handwritten manuscripts (bir) of the Guru Granth Sahib, the primary and central Sikh scripture. The library also held documents related to the Indian Independence Movement. Most of the literature was written in the Punjabi-language and related to Sikhism, but there were also Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Sindhi, Persian, Arabic, Tibetan, English, and French works touching upon various topics.

collection of sikh referance library

Collection The library is not a regular lending library but a reference centre. So, only reference resources are maintained in this library. However a collection of 22,000+ books is also available in the library that act as reference sources for the visitors.
The library has newspaper archives since 1927 onwards for The Tribune, a popular english daily. The newspapers have been filed into bound volumes to preserve it for a long time and the arrangement is datewise. Similar, archives for many other newspapers are also available including those published in Punjabi. A part of the collection was damaged during operation blue star.
The library has more than 500 Sri Guru Granth Sahib manuscripts and around 55 Dasam Granth manuscripts. Apart from this the library also treasures 1500+ manuscripts which are not directly related to Sri Guru Granth Sahib but were consulted by Sikh Gurus when they were compiling Sri Guru Granth Sahib. These manuscripts contain vanis (verses) by Hindu and Muslim saints. They too are of great historical importance.
A e-catalogues for library books is available for easy location using Library Manager software. The manuscripts collection has been digitized into electronic format.

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