DC-Cam’s library Named the Queen Mother’s Library

AKP Phnom Penh, July 20, 2020 —

The Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam) has named its library the Queen Mother’s Library in honour of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.

“Recently, Ambassador Dr. Julio Jeldres, former Private Secretary and Official Biographer to his Late Majesty, the King Father Norodom Sihanouk, donated his entire collection of documents and books to DC-Cam’s library. In recognition of this invaluable contribution and to honour the lifelong commitment of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk to Cambodia, DC-Cam with her consent has named the library in her honour, said DC-Cam in a news release.

According to the same source, in addition to Ambassador Jeldres’ collection, the Queen Mother’s Library houses many historical documents, books and other materials on the Cambodian genocide and human rights. DC-Cam is overseeing the expanding collection. The library will be an important resource to students and academics, operating as an institute open to the public to advance awareness of Cambodian history, culture and contemporary arts.

On June 25, 2020, Mr. Youk Chhang, Executive Director of DC-Cam was granted an audience with Her Majesty The Queen Mother and Royal Family members during which he offered to name the library in her honour. Her Majesty graciously agreed on July 11, 2020.

The Queen Mother’s Library will serve as the repository of archival documents, books and other materials of national significance, pending the construction of the new Sleuk Rith Institute, a world-class memorial designed by late Dame Zaha Hadid to honour victims of the Cambodian genocide. DC-Cam is continuing to research the funding for the new Sleuk Rith Institute and work with the government to obtain their support for prospective investors to move forward.

Once completed, the new Institute will include, in addition to the repository, a museum, genocide research centre, graduate education center on genocide studies and prevention and auditorium for traveling exhibitions, concerts and presentations.

Launching the Queen Mother’s Library is an event of national significance. A new resource for education, scholarship, and promotion of the contemporary arts, it also acknowledges the Queen Mother’s devotion to His Late Majesty the King Father Norodom Sihanouk and her dedication to the Cambodian people.

By C. Nika