The Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya (MPP) is the principal archive of books, periodicals, ephemera, including many other collections in the Nepali language. Since over five decades of establishment, it has been continuously engaged in collection and archiving of published materials in Nepali language.
The personal literary acquisitions of a Kathmandu schoolboy during the mid 1940s, later became the Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya in 1955 A.D. As the personal collection grew, it attracted gifts from several literary personalities, scholars and institutions of Nepal and India. The library now holds a unique collection of monographs, periodicals and ephemera which describes different aspects of Nepalese society, culture, history and Nepali literature of different periods. The library collection is rich in rare materials, which are very vulnerable for circulation. It is unique and different from usual libraries. The collections comprises newsletters, posters, pamphlets, banners, calendars, manuscripts, reports, manifestos, letters, sketches, photographs, negatives, film-footage, speeches, press releases, images of wall paintings, invitations, audio-records etc.
In 1956, the collection received an endowment from Rani Jagadamba Kumari Devi Rana. Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya was officially registered in 1985, under Organizations Registration Act of 1977. The foundations of the Library were even more secure when in 1986, it was gifted land and a building worth over NRs 10 million (about US$ 200,000) by that schoolboy, Kamal Mani Dixit, presently Chairman of the Library.
The main objectives of the library are to collect, preserve, catalog, and disseminate the information for the researchers or scholars. Hence, cataloguing of monographs and periodicals, and preservation of rare and endangered materials using microfilming and digitization are some of the regular activities of the library. The library also manages two of Nepal’s most prestigious literary prizes, the Madan Puraskar and the Jagadamba Shree.