From the director's desk
It's not unusual for library director to be asked, "What makes Rampur Raza library special?" It happens often. For a student of history like me the key to the Rampur Raza library’s special nature lies in the three aspects, it’s distinctive and rare collection, its artistic holdings and unique setting. Welcome to the Rampur Raza Library website. Founded in 1774, the library has one of the finest collections in the world. It is through the hard work and determination of preservation-minded generations of the Nawabs of Rampur remains standing today with a fantastic array of collections of Manuscripts, paintings, specimens of Islamic calligraphy providing a comprehensive opportunity to look some of artists’ greatest creative achievements. There are many rare, important, historic and artistic objects within the library’s collections that deserve highlighting this may be because of their historical importance, uniqueness, beauty and fascinating writings. The combination of the manuscripts and printed books gives the library the finest oriental languages collection in the world. Many of the manuscripts and books contain seals and handwritten comments by the Muhgal emperors, famed noblemen, courtiers, and other members of Mughal dynasty.
The Rampur Raza Library is one of the important libraries of South Asia. Its extraordinary collection of works relating to different religions, traditions, it is a treasure house of Indo-Islamic learning and arts. This library was founded by Nawab Faizullah Khan in 1774. The Nawabs of Rampur were great patrons of learning and the learned ulema, poets, painters, calligraphers and musicians - enjoyed their patronage. Since that time the collection has grown in size and diversity to thousands of works, including the collections of Loharu state. After the independence of India and merger of the state in the union of India, the library was brought under the management of the trust, which was created on 6th April, 1951. Professor Saiyid Nurul Hasan, former Minister of Education, Government of India, brought this library under an Act of Parliament on 1st. July, 1975. The Chairman of the board is His Excellency, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh. The collection represents 17000 manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi and Turkish languages. Moreover, it possesses a good collection of paintings and palm leaves in various Indian languages. A collection of around 60,000 printed books in various Indian and foreign languages are also available. At the heart of the library is our goal set in the belief that the works of art specially the manuscripts and paintings are an integral part of our lives, serving as an essential tool to educate about our past, present, and future.
I look forward to exploring and sharing knowledge in coming years ahead Inshallah.
Rampur is situated at a distance of about 200 kilometers from Delhi, which is very well linked with Rail and Road.
Prof S.M Azizuddin Husain