National Library of Pakistan

National Library of Pakistan


National Library of Pakistan (NLP) is a legal depository for all published literary heritage of Pakistan. It serves as top most knowledge resource center of the nation as well as fountain head of Library developments in the country. The main purpose of library is to develop the collection of human knowledge, comprehensive collection of national literary heritage and deliver excellent Library services for promotion of knowledge-based society in Pakistan. The library is responsible for National bibliographic control and preserves the literary heritage of the country for the use of present as well as coming up generations. A vast collection of publications about Pakistan, its culture, people and books authored by Pakistanis living out of the country forms a major portion of National Library of Pakistan’s main collection. A large part of collection consists on manuscripts and rare books.

Vision & Mission

            The NLP serves as national depository under the provisions of copyright ordinance 1962. It is mandatory for every publisher to deliver the best copy of his publication at his own expenses to the National |Library of Pakistan within thirty days from date of its publication under the copyright ordinance 1962 and copyright (amendment) act 1992. The main objectives of the depository collections are to preserve all the published materials produced in the country in order to make it available for the use of present as well as future generations. It is intended to be the principal and the largest treasure house of the country-recorded knowledge.


            In the beginning, a skeleton National Library was established in1951under the non-operational system of books and archives. In the year 1954, Liaquat Memorial Library was merged with the National Library and named as Liaquat National Library. However, after shifting in the new capital, and the Liaquat National Library was again renamed as Liaquat Memorial Library. Prime Minister of Pakistan Mion-ud-Din Ahmad Qureshi inaugurated the library on August 24,1993 and its door were opened to the public.   

Building of NLP

            The building of NLP is located at shah rah-e-jamhoriat next to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. The building consists of four floors with centrally air-conditioning and heating facility. The basement floor based on Serial Division, Delivery of Books and Newspapers Branch, Telephone Exchange, Air-conditioning & Electric plants. The ground floor provides 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 based 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 programmers in Islamabad. 500 seats for readers and research scholars are available in the reading halls of the National Library.  

Collection of NLP

            National Library has been established after almost 46 years of independence, special efforts are being made to build suitable collection to meet reference and research needs of the country. Over the past few years about 200,000 volumes have been acquired through purchases, gifts, exchange and legal deposit. 580 hand written manuscripts and over 10,000 rare books in Urdu, Arabic and Persian have been acquired through the purchase of private collections belongings too Late. Dr. M. Abdullah Chughtai, Late Ehsan Danish, Sheikh Muhammad Faazil of Sukkar, Syed Wajih-ud-Din of Faisalabad, Qazi Mahmud-ul-Haq of Lahore, Dr. Gohar Naushahi of Islamabad.
Dr. Sabiha Hafeez, Ministry of women Development has donated to National Library 1806 volumes from the personal collection of her late father Hafeez Hosiapure. In addition to these valuable collections about 3000 microfiches items containing reports of all India Censuses for 1911, 1921, 1931 and 1941 have been added to the collection. 90,000 books have been acquired through purchase and gift. National Library has received 55836 books being the National Depository of literary heritage. Number of bound volumes of newspapers and periodicals is about 40,000. National Library also serves as official depository of some international organizations like Asian Development Bank, International Labor organization and UNESCO etc.

Visiting Hours of NLP

Monday to Thursday
9:00am to 7:00pm

09:00am to 06:00pm
(12:30 to 2:00pm Prayer break)

09:00am to 05:00pm



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Contact Detail
Address: National liabrary of Pakistan Sharah-e-Jamhoriat,
G-5 Islamabad.
+92 (0)51-9202549
+92 (0)51-9207456, 9206436- Ext-214   

Fax # +92-(0)51-9217286