Quaid-e-Azam Library, Lahore Pakistan
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:
ANNUAL DUES (Non-refundable)
||Rs. 5000/- (Once Only)
|Honorary Life Membership
||Rs. 25/- (For 15 days extendable to 45 days without break)
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
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
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
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.
The following computerized/on-line facilities for retrieval
of information are available:
- 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
- SEARCH/INFORMATION OF AUDIO VISUAL MATERIAL
- PERIODICALS' SEARCH
- Periodicals' Search is available through Title, Subject
- SEARCHING OF PERIODICALS' ARTICLES ON WORLD'S HOT ISSUES
- COMPUTERIZED BIBLIOGRAPHIES
- SEARCHING OF QURANIC DATABASE
- The complete Holy Qur'an with English Translation &
- ENCYCLOPAEDIC INFORMATION ON CD-ROM
- SEARCHING OF URDU/ARABIC/PERSIAN BOOKS (In oriental languages)
- MEMBERSHIP MANAGEMENT RECORD/INFORMATION
- ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BOOK REPORTS
- INTERNET, E-MAIL SERVICES
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:-
- Articles are indexed on Islam, Pakistan Affairs, International
Affairs, Current Affairs, Economic conditions, Social problems,
Socio-Economic issues, Defense, etc.
- Assistance is provided to the candidates of competitive
examination especially on Current Affairs and Pakistan Affairs.
- Reference services are provided to the students of different
colleges/universities in order to assist them in the preparation
of their assignments/theses.
- Newspaper clipping files on 40 important subjects/ topics
have been maintained to provide first-hand information on
current national and international affairs.
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.
QUAID-E-AZAM LIBRARY, BAGH-E-JINNAH, THE MALL, LAHORE, PAKISTAN.
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