On August 17-18, 2018, the National Library, in collaboration with the National University of Mongolia and with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Mongolia, successfully hosted the International Conference of Mongolists - "Written Source Heritage of Mongolian Studies.”
In the morning of the first day, at 10 AM, 30 prominent scholars from 9 countries including Italy, France, China /Inner Mongolia/, Russia, Turkey, Hungary, Poland, Japan, and Mongolia met at the Great Reading Hall of the Library to deliver papers on their current research and to share ideas with fellow colleagues. Also in attendance were a number of Mongolian dignitaries, observers, and representatives of the media. In her opening speech, Mrs. Ichinkhorloo, the Director of the Library, voiced her appreciation to all in attendance, emphasizing the importance of the exchange of ideas to the ongoing cooperation among scholars, as well as for the future of Mongolian Studies. The director also expressed her wish to make the Library into one of the world's main centers for Mongolian studies. As gesture of good will, she presented all 30 scholars with lifetime memberships to the Library and its collections.
During the two-day conference, the speakers discussed important topics in Mongolian studies including history, archaeology, religion, linguistics and literature, as well as folklore and ethnography. The plenary sessions were held mostly in Mongolian as the majority of foreign scholars there were proficient in the language. Coinciding with the conference was an exhibition of rare written documents, books and manuscripts from the Library's collection on display in the hall where the Conference was held.