Chautari Library and Media Documentation Centre

Martin Chautari's library is envisaged primarily as a reference library that will serve the needs of researchers, journalists, social activists, students and other professionals. Hence its collection development policy is influenced by the research topics that have been pursued at MC and those in which there is current interest amongst Nepali researchers at large (for instance, on state restructuring). Books and other reference materials that relate to Nepali history and society written from any social science perspective receive top priority.


As part of the specialized collection on the media, books and many other types of reference materials (for instance, theses, souvenirs, unpublished seminar papers and reports, etc.) needed for research also receive high priority in the library's holdings. In addition, books related to history, politics, education, democracy, social movements, gender, South Asia, etc. also receive priority. While some works of literary criticism and essays are also kept, it has been decided that given the space constraint, works of fiction will not be added to the library's holdings.


The library’s current holdings total more than 18,000 books, theses, reports and seminar papers, a little more than quarter of which is a special-collection related to the media. After the collection efforts made in 2010-11, the library also holds all the available issues of more than 200 Nepali academic journals. It also houses several magazines and newspapers and the hard copies of their back issues when available. Some online resources (for instance, JSTOR and Project Muse) can also be accessed for free. MC's library is part of a consortium of Nepali libraries working toward gaining further easy and affordable access to more online resources that are already available to users in western university libraries.


The library is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for most of the year except for the three months of Mangsir, Pus and Magh (Mid-Nov–Mid-Feb) when it is open from 10:00am to 4:30pm. No membership is required and visitors can only use the books within MC premises against a valid ID card (in the Reading Centre). Reprography and printing services at nominal costs are available (see Library User Manual).


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काठमाडौँका पुस्तकालयहरु:पुस्तकभन्दा समस्या धेरै
हसना, वर्ष ३, अंक १२, असोज २०६४, पृ‌. ३


नेपाली जर्नलको खोजीः केही अनुभव

(नोटः यो लेख पुस्तकालय आवाज मासिक पत्रिकाको वर्ष ५, अंक ७ (२०६९ चैत) मा ‘नेपालमा जर्नल प्रकाशनको अवस्था’ शीर्षकमा प्रकाशित छ ।)

Martin Chautari

Martin Chautari (MC) is a research and policy institute based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Begun as an informal discussion group in Kathmandu in 1991, MC now focuses on research and policy on democracy, media and education, with cross-cutting themes of gender and social inclusion. Along with the continuing discussion series, publications, open library and a rigorous mentoring program of young researchers are in-built into MC’s work. These all form an intrinsic part of MC’s primary objective: strengthening the social contract between state and citizens by expanding and making inclusive the public sphere with informed dialogue, analytically rigorous research and viable policy choices.

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Chautari Books

Starting from the year 2001, MC began publishing books in the Chautari Book Series. Most of the books have been published in the thematic areas in which MC has worked institutionally. By April 2015, 84 books had been published in this Series, 70 percent of them in the Nepali language.

Most Recent Books

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Martin Chautari is the editorial home of two journals: the bi-lingual (English and Nepali) semi-annual journal Studies in Nepali History and Society, established in 1996, and published by Mandala Book Point from Kathmandu and the Nepali language annual journal Media Adhyayan [Media Studies], established in 2006, and published by Bhrikuti Academic Publications from Kathmandu.

मिडिया अध्ययन १०

Studies in Nepali History 
and Society (SINHAS)

मिडिया अध्ययन 
[Media Adhyayan]


Archives of Public Documents

Digital copies of public documents related to some specific themes in Nepal will be uploaded here. This is being done to facilitate academic research and public discussions. Read more>>>


 12th February 2016

Discussions at Chautari

Martin Chautari organizes discussions twice a week.

  • Sundays: research seminar series
  • Tuesdays: various topics

Upcoming Discussions

Opening hours
Sunday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:30pm. Tea break 2:00pm to 2:30pm. Read more

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Policy Papers


Building upon its high degree of credibility as a non-partisan, rooted research centre, Martin Chautari has been publishing policy briefs since 2009. Till date mostly focused on the new constitution writing process, these publications work to inform and communicate complex ideas and present viable policy choices. They further add analytical rigour to otherwise politicized discussion of contentious issues. Simultaneously published in English and Nepali, these policy briefs are an especially useful tool to enable and encourage public dialogue.


Policy Review Brief 13: Proposed Higher Education Policy [Eng]

Research Brief 16 : Decentralization and Autonomy at Tribhuvan University [Eng / Nep]

Research Brief 15: Stakeholders for Universal Connectivity in Nepal [Eng / Nep]


Previous Policy Briefs