We need more libraries! do we?

Well? Why dont we use the ones already available to us? Zar Nageen wrote a really interesting piece on DT on the largest yet little known and even less frequented libraries in various parts of the city. While we shout about the lack of libraries & books available, i was surprised to find these libraries had well in excess of 30,000 books on average. Do check both, the article and then the libraries out. Zar Nageen writes,

Without reading books, the new generation is treading an impoverished and unenlightened path. The need to read has almost entirely disappeared with the electronic media and Internet being widely used. There are several large and richly stocked libraries in the city, but hardly any who know of them or are willing to visit.

and which libraries are these you ask?

Among the city’s largest libraries are the Karachi Theosophical Library, Liaquat Memorial Library, Khaliq Dinnah Hall, Ghalib Library and Tehmuriah Library. All of them hold a large, international collection of books.

Read complete article here.

12 Comments so far

  1. Farhan (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 10:04 pm

    Where are these libraries located , I usually go to Karachi Club library , It’s the responsibility of parents to develop book reading habit among the kids , my 5 yr old although watches CN all day has to read one book every night before he goes to sleep , he loves it so does my 2 yr

  2. atif abdul rahman (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

    i see two problems here, one the society aint into reading books anymore. second, libraries need a lot of sharp planning and management which is not always the case with government run libraries.

  3. Imran (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

    Without READERS (what) good is any library?

    With mujras on Ptv numbing our hearts with trashy entertainment, and maulvis brainwashing our minds with their ignorant religious doctrines – WHO in Pakistan needs CREATIVITY or IDEAS?

    Who would dare read Salman Rushdie or Michael Cunningham in Pakistan, just to know the other point-of-view? NO ONE. It’s a “sin” to have an open mind in Pakistan, after all! Freedom of thought is a heinous concept here. And to QUESTION, is to be singled out.

  4. Echoes (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 11:45 pm

    Aren’t Salman Rushdie’s works banned here? I think so. In anycase; books are awesome. Its sad that none of my friends seemed interested in reading any. Infact, one is labeled a ‘nerd’ if you DO read.

  5. Kashif-x (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 12:24 am

    Just goto the Liaquat Library (or i think thats what its called, its opposite the Agha Khan Hospital).

    Its got approx 200-300 seats, and you actually have to wait some time if you want to occupy one of the reading seats.

    I was once doing a piece on the place but never got to finish it, but just go to the place and you will see that its literally overflowing with students.

    Most of the students go there to study in peace, i guess small conjested homes and noisy surrounding do not allow many to study at home, so they turn to this place.

    That being a different sort of library, also visit the DHA library and you will see a constant flow of book lovers entering and exiting.

    Its ridiculous making small usless libraries, they should be huge like the above two librabies, which are airy, cosy and inviting, and at least one in each area.

  6. Karachiite (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 12:32 am

    Do you have to buy those books or u can borrow them? And i heard that a lot of books in libraries are not in very decent conditions.. like for examples the pages are missing and stuff.

    I remember my dad BUYING books for me and my sister to read. We didnt have any library nearby where we could go and read or borrow books from.

    And like Farhan said, parents have to develop reading habits. My dad used to buy books for me and my sister to read. Now me and my sister are such readaholics. :)

  7. Atif Abdul-Rahman (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 5:21 am

    “Who would dare read Salman Rushdie or Michael Cunningham in Pakistan, just to know the other point-of-view”

    LOLZ man, u think Salman Rushdie is talking about another point of view in his filthy book!!!

    man, u really r very open minded. damn!

  8. MB (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 10:39 am

    I remember going to Liaaut Library many years back & i tell you it was such a good experience. Someone here said right. You have to be there on time and early to make sure you get a seat.

    I am not aware of the situation now but in old days it looked like a pin drop silence even with few hundred around.

    What an atmosphere it would be. It was an ideal place for those students who due to any reasons were not able to study in peace at other places , probably at home.

    Not impressed with the quality of the collection of books but yes there were plenty.

    I hope they have computerised it by now.

    Do update if any one knows anything latest.

    Good post mansoor

  9. Farhan (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    If you cannot go to the library ,buying books sometime seems out of range , there is always Limewire , I ‘m proud of my 500 plus book collection .LIT , Mobi and PDF formats . You can also read books on your mobile phone , mobi reader is a free software for that and also converts PDF , HTML , Text files into mobi format.

  10. mansoor (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

    i’m also a frequent library user.. first it was DHA Club library (which sucked) then i started going to Karachi Gymkhana library.

    I’ve got cousins who used to frequent DHA Central Library when they had to study for their exams, as it was study central in those days, and also the FCPS library.

    I like the atmosphere u can get in there.. quiet, peaceful and with others studying it gets u in the mood.

  11. fAr stAr (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

    i’m looking for a library near or in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. anyone knows a library in that area?

  12. Salauddeen (unregistered) on June 12th, 2007 @ 1:37 pm

    All the libraries in Karachi should form a joint catalog accessible via the Internet.

    At the least interested people would know what books are available where.

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