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A highly detailed model of a newly constructed Library named as "Quaid-e-Azam Library", named after "Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah". It is located in the most famous gardens of Lahore, which was named as "Lawrance Gardens" by the Britishers. But after the independence of Pakistan, it was named Bagh-e-Jinnah (Jinnah's Garden), thats why this library is also named after The Jinnah.
The library offers following six types of memberships:
The Quaid-e-Azam Library has a collection of more than 100,000 volumes, both in English and Oriental languages (Urdu, Arabic & Persian). Standard books on literature, science, history, reference works, periodicals and literature for ladies and children have been acquired. The library is divided into various sections dealing with English, Islamiyat, Urdu, Arabic, rare books etc. Latest books on management, business administration, technology and social sciences are being continuously acquired. Special attention is being paid to the acquisition of comprehensive literature on Islam and the Muslim world.
The library keeps some special collection of renowned personalities like Mian Bashir Ahmed, Kh. Manzoor, Atta Ullah Kaleem, Safdar Mir, Dr. Naseer Ahmad Nasir etc. There is a special section of dissertations for the researchers.
Under an agreement the library is designated as depository library of the Asian Development Bank. All the reports of A.D.B. are available in physical as well as through computer search.
This library possesses an excellent auditorium/ exhibition hall, which is being frequently used for organizing exhibitions, displays and holding seminars on the promotion of library science and research methods. Conferences, workshops, symposia and lectures are regularly arranged to improve professional knowledge and skill, and exchange of ideas. Associations of professional librarians are welcome to discuss, adopt, support and promote various proposals for development of libraries and library services. The library extension services include film showing, displays, seminars and exhibitions. Thus not only reference and research facilities are provided, but arrangements are also made for cultural and literary gatherings.
The library remains open on all weekdays (except Sundays and gazetted holidays) from 0800 to 2000 hours. A double shift system is in vogue for the staff. The morning shift works from 0800 to 1400 hours. The second shift starts functioning from 1400 hours.
Bi-monthly bulletins giving an account of recent additions and information about library programs is issued regularly and distributed to the members. It serves as a means of library publicity along with other brochures or library journals. The research cell of the Library has also published 86 research publications and some educational books for children of lower classes.
Audio-Visual Aids Section
The Quaid-e-Azam Library is a repository of knowledge in whatever formats. Library houses a wide range of audio-visual material which include slides, motion pictures, audio and video cassettes, transparencies, films, CDs etc.
Different informative and educational programs are arranged for the research scholars. Microfilms of old newspapers is an asset. The micro films of Paisa Akhbar, Civil & Military Gazette, Comrade and eastern Times etc. are a valuable collection.
The following computerized/on-line facilities for retrieval of information are available:
The Ladies Section contains books on health care, nutrition, cookery, education, home economics and Islamiyat. The ladies also have a separate reading room in which newspapers and latest magazines are supplied.
The top gallery of the Jinnah Hall has been reserved for standard works of Islamiyat, Tafseer, Ahadith and books on Seerat. The four corner rooms in the gallery are used for study and browsing rooms for scholars. These are air-conditioned and provided with easy chairs and sofa sets. The Urdu, Arabic and Persian Book Sections are also located in the gallery.
The Periodical Section of the Library occupies a central place. It has a rich collection of magazines and newspapers of different countries and on different subjects. The library receives about 257 magazines in English and 70 in Urdu language as well as 20 newspapers in English including in (local and foreign) and 17 in Urdu.
The following useful services are being rendered by this Section:-
The main portion of the library in the Jinnah Hall includes the Reference Section. Study tables have been placed for the readers close to the bookshelves. The entrance to this hall is from the Bagh-e-Jinnah side. The Reference Section contains a collection of encyclopaedias, almanacs, directories, dictionaries, yearbooks and atlases. Bibliographical assistance is provided to initiate research.
For the benefit of students, special copies of textbooks needed for medical and engineering and other subjects have been procured for this section.