- Performing as a bibliographic center of comprehensive collections on Myanmar published locally and overseas
- Collecting and preserving all national publications and Myanmar ancient manuscripts
Acquiring the collections from Southeast Asian countries and disseminate to people
- Providing the interlibrary loan with libraries and institutions within the country and abroad
- Promoting and encouraging the library movements by cooperating with internationally
- Compiling and publishing the Myanmar National Bibliography
- Compiling and publishing the indexes of Myanmar periodicals and subject bibliographies on Myanmar
- Providing the library training throughout the short courses and in service to profession from other libraries and practical training to students on the Post-Graduate Diploma in Library Management.
- Providing the standards on the library professional in order to equal throughout the country
- Promoting and upgrading the information technology in the library and for participating in the Southeast Asia Regional Network
- Providing the Children Library Services
There are several functions of National Library from the acquiring materials to the library until to placing on the respective shelves. After shelves systematically, the library provides services to the students, researchers and public for their easy use of library materials. For less and damage of library materials, inventory taking by RFID (Radio Frequency Identification System) and conservation is undertaken regularly.
Apart from that, for the promotion and dissemination of library and information subject, Library education activities, cooperation and collaboration activities with libraries associations from local and overseas are conducted.
National Library undertaking the acquisition, data processing, circulation and library development functions along with the timeline and advanced information and communication technology.
Acquisition is one of the main functions to acquire library materials to the library in various ways in order to be collection development. Library materials include printed materials such as book and periodical, monograph, pamphlet, map, and non-printed materials such as palm-leaf manuscript, parabeik manuscript and other kinds of manuscripts, music score note, photograph, movie, film, disc, video and audio tape, records on paper and other medium and their reproductions.
The Library acquires its holdings through legal deposit, exchange with libraries in abroad, gifts, donation from private and organization, requisitions, and purchase. Materials are added to the collections of the Library at a rate of 3,000 volumes per year.
- Legal Deposit
The National Library has become a legal depository of Myanmar, since the Printers and Publishers Registrations Act promulgated in 1962.In 2014, it was changed to the Printing and Publishing Enterprise Law. A copy of any printed material must be given to the National Library according to the Law. However, government publications, reports of departments and organizations, publications that are excused by the above law and non-printed publications are not received by the National Library.
As the Depository Center for United Nations Publications, materials from United Nations Organizations such as UNESCO, FAO, ESCAP and others are available for reference and research purposes.
As the National Library is responsible to collect local publications to meet its vision, the library purchases local publications, publications on Myanmar from other countries, research papers, dissertations, gazetteers, reference books, etc. by its annual budget.
- Donation, Gifts and Exchange
By the exchange programme and gifts from oversea libraries and organizations, donation of private and organizations, the library has increased collection development. The Library also accepts the donation of specific donation of book collections and book lovers who want to keep their collections in single place, and maintain as Special Collection Corner. There are average 3,000 volumes of books and periodicals per year.
- Data Processing
Data Processing is one of the main functions of library to prepare book catalogues and periodical indexes in order to easily searching by the library users. Bibliographic tools applied by the National Library are AACR 2 (Anglo−American Cataloguing Rules (Second Edition) for cataloguing, Dewey Decimal Classification 23 Edition for classification and Sears’ List of Subject Headings 21 Edition. Library catalogues are into both way as card catalogue as OPAC. In order to easily searching to the library collections, the National Library has upgraded the National Library Myanmar Management Software (NLM-Software) as web-based integrated system.
Among the various collections at National Library, local printed books are arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification System with the purpose to provide open shelve serviceand user services. Reference books, government publications, rare books and periodical published about1946, Books on Myanmar collection, foreign books, ASEAN collection, UN collection, thesis, gazetteers, etc. arranged by the accession numbers.
The Library is proud of her rich collection of rare and valuable ancient Myanmar manuscripts, palm-leaf and folded paper book (Parabeik) that are regarded as scared objects because the most of them are Buddhist religious texts and commentaries. Some manuscripts contain medical, astrological, mathematical, technical, historical documents and works on customary law. Most of them are at least 100 years old and some of them are about 200 years old.