KCCL loses its library

With Mansoor’s post on libraries, this news on KCCI (Karachi Chamber of Comerce Library) closed down because they wanted a new electronic library instead that would be accessible through internet.
KCCL had a collection of 50,000 books and records of as old as 1920’s pictures, newspapers and articles.All this record alongwith the boks was closed in big boxes (cartons) and was placed on the stairs to be sorted out.
Interestingly, this sorting of books was done somwhere in 2003 too.The library did not even have a librarian since the last one left an year ago.
I really wonder what those valuable books and articles be doing in future. May be we find such piece of paper wrapped up with the pakora/samosa that we would one day be eating. However, they promise that no books will be sold to the scrapers. Then, may be, these books will fill in the lil tummies of the insects dwelling on them.
Alas! the city loses another library with a good collection of books.

8 Comments so far

  1. Salman A. (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 7:13 pm

    Another library being shut down- not a healthy sign at all…

    Shabash, keep spreading JAHALAT……

  2. MB (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

    Internet ? Whats that ?
    The library administration is facing the stupid INTERNET BOOM fever according to which, whether or not its required just put every shit on web.

    They are kaam chor & just finding the easy way out, thats it. As if our literacy has reached 80% can they tell us how many will benefit from this online fever? Hardly any.

    Those who had internet didn’t need this this library & only those who used to go there will suffer now.

    A gov department recently notified that the job application is now online. A friend of my fried came to ask for help in filing the form. In the end they both failed.

    The guy had done MASTERS in English lit. recently. Great!!!
    Get everything online & web so we can close down the what-ever remaining schools too.

    I personally don’t like this “throw everything online” fever especially it the alternate be closed.

  3. axiomatic (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 8:03 pm


    I would say it’s a very good step. Rather, all libraries should be closed down. And in their place, shopping malls, discos, bars and cineplexes (with explicit content) should be made, so that we can quickly transform into a moderately enlightened (or enlightenedly moderate?) nation.

    Look at our literacy rate. I mean who can read books here, people like you and me? So we can read them over the internet, or go to liberty books for buying a few. Do you seriously think that an ‘ordinary’ citizen has the time or brains to go to a library to read books? huh! He is too busy thinking about his next meal, or countless other hardships awaiting him daily. To raed books and absorb them, you need a full stomach, peace of mind, and, liesure time.

    Books are for living human beings. Here, people are dying of Gastro and heat and firing, committing suicides because of acute hunger. Books…huh?? Give them some clean water and life-saving drugs. When they start ‘living’ like ‘human beings’, they will start going to libraries also (if any are left by then).

    So I would say let people eat ‘cholas’ in the pages of these books, you could’nt possibly put them to better use.

  4. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 9:09 pm

    @Axiomatic, I agree with you that in our society ppl are not too much into a habit of reading books, and we have so many other problems, so nobody have enough time to go through books, but you should know that its bcoz of illetracy that we have soo many problems, if we have more affordable primary and high schools and too many libraries, ppl would be more into education, and once they get themselves into it, they will be more mature enough to understand how to get rid of their problems. Wordly and religious both education gives us the capablity to understand our issues and their solutions.

    Right now the problem in our country is .. we dont get sincere rulers to govern our country, but once we will have sincere rulers who love this country rather then filling their own pockets, and once our ppl are more educated then we can definitely count ourselves with developed nation. We have lots of potential just lacking a good system. So dont get disheart we can do really well.

    So the idea is no matter we are in too much trouble but we should not shut our doors on education.

  5. Dee (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 9:38 pm

    Hi all, I dont think E-library means all the books will be scan into digital format as it involves hell lot of privacy and copyrigh issues. This part of the world E-Library means cataloging so we can order/renew/check the availability of the books.So thats why there has to be a physical place to store all the print material.

    On the other hand libraries can also be used as place where job banks can be created, internet is available so people can work on resumeand job search.Also, i see different time slots are available for readings to differen age groups such as Tots time where mothers can bring their tots and introduce them to the concept of library and reading.
    I also witness the math and english reading help for those who are struggling and its done by volunteers.
    So open your minds dont just say *No one reads in Karachi* because those who dont evolve they will be perished.

  6. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

    i think it’s a good step and I expect other libraries also follow KCCL library. axiom,dee and KTP, you guys have made very valid points.

  7. Razi (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 11:58 pm

    Its a shame that we have multiple Video rental stores in a single neighborhood (largely dealing in crap movies) but not a single library for entire Districts of the city.

    A person’s yearing for learning or reading has nothing to do with the type of Rulers governing the country. Its the advent of the multimedia in the shape of TV, Internet etc that has radically extinguished the habit of reading amongst people.

  8. Salman A. (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    Razi, you’ve made a valid point. It tells a lot about your society when you see libraries closing down and movie rentals going up. Might sound stupid but seems like unlike other 3rd worlders, we are in fight again ‘literacy’ as opposed to ‘illiteracy’.. but then people claim that there are more graduates these days than ever.. wrong, we have more “degree holders” than ever which does not necessarily translate into qualified people.. its sad to see things goin that way..

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