National Library of Pakistan
The National Library of Pakistan, is located at Constitution Avenue, Islamabad, Pakistan. The building has space for 500 readers as well as 15 research rooms, an 450-seat auditorium, and computer and microfilm services. At its opening in 1993, the library owned a collection of 130,000 volumes and 600 manuscripts. Like many other national libraries, the National Library of Pakistan is a copyright deposit library, and since 1967 it has received a copy of every book published in Pakistan. The National Bibliographic Unit, a subdivision of the Library, publishes lists of these titles as the Pakistan National Bibliography. The National Library of Pakistan is establishing regional offices in four provincial capitals. Clauses to include electronic publications, as deposit material, are also being added to the Copyright Law.
Authorization for a national library can be traced back to 1949, although it did not gain any physical infrastructure until it was merged with the existing Liaquat Memorial Library in Karachi and renamed the Liaquat National Library. In 1967 the library began receiving copies of works published in Pakistan as part of its mandate as a copyright repository per the 1962 copyright ordinance. 1968 saw the separation of the Liaquat and National libraries, with the latter relocated to Islamabad along with Pakistan's capitol. The library was housed in a series of rented structures until construction of a permanent building was completed in 1988. The formal opening took place on 24 August 1993. Scholar Syed Jalaluddin Haider dates the library's existence later, to April 1999, when the 100,000-volume collection housed by the Department of Libraries was moved into the new building.
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