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Quaid-e-Azam Library, Lahore Pakistan

Quaid-e-Azam Library, Lahore Pakistan

Introduction

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.

Membership Fee

The library offers following six types of memberships:

CATEGORY
ANNUAL DUES (Non-refundable)
SECURITY (Refundable)
Student Rs. 50/- Rs. 250/-
General Membership Rs. 150/- Rs. 500/-
Research Scholars Rs. 150/- Rs. 500/-
Life Membership Nil Rs. 5000/- (Once Only)
Honorary Life Membership Nil Nil
Casual Membership Nil Rs. 25/- (For 15 days extendable to 45 days without break)

Collections

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.

Library Promotion Activities

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.

Library Hours

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.

Publications

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.

Various Sections of the Library

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.

Computer Section

The following computerized/on-line facilities for retrieval of information are available:

  1. SEARCH OF LIBRARY'S BOOKS CATALOGUE
    • Search can be made through Author, Title, Subject, and Accession No. Place, Publishers, Year, Series, etc.
    • Printing is also available
  2. SEARCH/INFORMATION OF AUDIO VISUAL MATERIAL
  3. PERIODICALS' SEARCH
    • Periodicals' Search is available through Title, Subject & Country
  4. SEARCHING OF PERIODICALS' ARTICLES ON WORLD'S HOT ISSUES
  5. COMPUTERIZED BIBLIOGRAPHIES
  6. SEARCHING OF QURANIC DATABASE
    • The complete Holy Qur'an with English Translation & Arabic Commentary
  7. ENCYCLOPAEDIC INFORMATION ON CD-ROM
  8. SEARCHING OF URDU/ARABIC/PERSIAN BOOKS (In oriental languages)
  9. MEMBERSHIP MANAGEMENT RECORD/INFORMATION
  10. ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BOOK REPORTS
  11. INTERNET, E-MAIL SERVICES

Ladies Section

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.

Oriental Section

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.

Periodical Section

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:-

  1. Articles are indexed on Islam, Pakistan Affairs, International Affairs, Current Affairs, Economic conditions, Social problems, Socio-Economic issues, Defense, etc.
  2. Assistance is provided to the candidates of competitive examination especially on Current Affairs and Pakistan Affairs.
  3. Reference services are provided to the students of different colleges/universities in order to assist them in the preparation of their assignments/theses.
  4. Newspaper clipping files on 40 important subjects/ topics have been maintained to provide first-hand information on current national and international affairs.

Reference 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.

Textbook Section

For the benefit of students, special copies of textbooks needed for medical and engineering and other subjects have been procured for this section.

Contact Information

Address:
QUAID-E-AZAM LIBRARY, BAGH-E-JINNAH, THE MALL, LAHORE, PAKISTAN.

Telephone:
92-42-9201007

Fax:
92-42-9201004

E-mail:
qal@brain.net.pk

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