Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) is situated at McLeodganj town of Dharamsala. It was founded by the 14th Dalai Lama and serves as an institution to preserve and promote Tibetan culture. It has more than 80,000 Tibetan artifacts, such as statues, Tibetan thangkas, miniature paintings, books, documents, photographs and manuscripts, on display. Housed in a building built as per the Tibetan style of architectural, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives was founded on 11th June 1970.
It is situated within the premises of the Tibetan Government in exile,
which was granted refuge at Dharamsala by the first Prime Minister of
India, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. The library was inaugurated on 1st
November 1971 and today, it serves as an education center for Tibetan
culture and language in Himachal Pradesh. LTWA, being the repository of
the endangered Tibetan culture, has a mission to preserve, protect and
promote it. It has been working for more than 30 years now in this
direction and still feels the need to do much more.
This all-embracing cultural resource center promotes a
research-oriented environment and exchange of knowledge between scholars
and students. Its objectives include acquiring and conserving Tibetan
books, artifacts, manuscripts and artworks and making them accessible
for reference works in Tibetan and foreign languages in study areas
within the Library. Library of Tibetan Works and Archives also engages
itself in the compilation of bibliographies and documentation of library
holdings and the literature related to them.
Last but not the least; it also publishes books and manuscripts that
support study and research of classical, traditional and modern Tibetan
language, arts and crafts. Programs are organized here to train people
in 'thangka' painting and woodcarving. LTWA works in close collaboration
with the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies at Sarnath and the
Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan
Administration. It draws a lot of visitors, researchers and students
from all over the world.