In 1951, National Library was just in the form of a model library constructed as a subdivision of Archives and Libraries. It was merged with the Liaquat Memorial Library in 1954 and the new umbrella was given the name Liaquat National Library. But the National Library was moved to Islamabad
, the new capital and so Liaquat Memorial Library got back its name. The construction of the National Library building took a long time due to the lack of allocation of funds and state’s interest. At last in August 1993, the inaugural of the library was carried out by the caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan Moin-ud-din Qureshi. The library is situated on Constitution Avenue, Islamabad.
The National Library of Pakistan is serving the literary community of the country in a commendable way. The library’s chief task is National Bibliographic Control. The library is a legal depository of all literary works published in or related to Pakistan. Many volumes written by overseas Pakistanis also form a great part of the library’s collection. The National Library of Pakistan is also an official repository of international organizations such as the US department of Publications, Asian Development Bank, International Labor Organization, UNESCO etc. It also trains library staff, conducts exhibitions, lectures and other events. It serves to conserve the library stuff. There is a conservation laboratory for the protection of books. Fumigation of old books and microfilming of all manuscripts is undertaken by the library. The library is a member of international library communities like PLA, CDNL, CDNLAO, IFLA etc. It was assigned as the ISBN centre for Pakistan in 1985. Pakistanis over 20 years of age and foreign citizens living or working in Pakistan can become members of the library.
The National Library has a large collection of publications in different categories accumulated through purchases, gifts, donations, exchanges and copyright deposits.
The amazing collection of purchased, gift or donated books consists of about 140,000 volumes of books or periodicals, 48000 Microfiches, 45 reels of Microfilms, 580 manuscripts, and 10,000 rare books. The copyright deposits include 62000 books, 321 newspapers and 1124 periodicals (per month).
The library has to its collection 30 PhD dissertations on Pakistan written in American universities. Manuscripts in Persian language about the history of Kashmir and the first copy of Kuliyat e Meer which was published in 1811 are part of its rare collection. Records of censuses conducted in the British India since 1911 are also kept here.
The building of National Library of Pakistan is located at shah rah-e-jamhoriat adjacent to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. The building consist of four floors with the total covered area of 168,844sq.ft.with centrally air-conditioning and heating facility. The basement floor madly provides for Serial Division, Delivery of Books and Newspapers Branch, Telephone Exchange, Air-conditioning &Electric plants. The ground floor provide for the main entrance to the library, Reception, Digital Information Division, Public canteen, Computer section, Record creation section, Acquisition section, Planning and Research section, ISBN Agency, Preservation & Conservation section, Lending Division Model Children Library and Accounts. The first floor provides for On-line Public Access Catalogue, 04 Reading Halls, Manuscript & Rare Books section, Establishment, Seminar Room, Class Room, Meeting Room offices. The 2nd floor is the top floor of the building which houses the general Stacks and 14 research rooms. All the floors are interconnected with the book elevators, lifts and stairs. Auditorium of the National Library with seating capacity of 400 persons has become a focal point for educational and cultural programmes in Islamabad. 500 seats for readers and research scholars are available in the reading halls of the National Library.
|Constructed at a plot measuring 500x 112ft,the National library building has a covered area of 168,800 sq.ft. On four floors. It is a centrally air conditioned/heated building with a capacity to accommodate one million volumes, 500 general readers seats, work area for staff, Auditorium and other services.|
The building was constructed at a plot measuring 500x 112 ft, the National library building has a covered area of 168,800 sq ft (15,680 m2). On four floors. It is a centrally air conditioned/heated building with a capacity to accommodate one million volumes, 500 general readers seats, work area for staff, Auditorium and other services.