Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamshala

One of the most important libraries of Tibetan works across the world.

One of the most important libraries of Tibetan works across the world. | Photo credit: Dave Kleinschmidt/wikimedia

Library of Tibetan Works and Archives Overview

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The Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) is one of the most important libraries of Tibetan works across the world. It was founded by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, in June 1970.

The library is home to significant resources including important Tibetan Buddhist manuscripts and archives related to Tibet’s history, politics, culture and art that were relocated from Tibet after the 1959 escape. It has over 80,000 manuscripts, books and documents, more than 600 thangkas and statues and other artefacts of Buddhist heritage, 6,000 photographs, amongst other things.

The third floor of the library has a museum with notable artefacts including a three-dimensional carved wooden mandala of Avalokiteshvara and items dating back to the 12th century.

The library aims to work as a complete cultural resource for Tibet and promote an environment to facilitate research and exchange of knowledge.

  • Opening Closing Time 9 am to 5 pm (Closes for lunch from 1 to 2 pm) Closed on Sundays, second and fourth Saturdays of every month and gazetted holidays

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Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Gangchen Kyishong, Dharamshala 176215 | Phone: +91 9218422467 | Email: ltwa1970@gmail.com