National library to be made as center of knowledge: Irfan Siddiqui

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 8 (APP): Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and
Literary Heritage (NHLH), Irfan Siddiqui Wednesday said the division was
formulating a comprehensive programme to make National Library of Pakistan (NLP) as a hub of knowledge through bringing improvements in its services and functions.
Speaking with library’s officials during a meeting, he said the programme
would help to promote book reading culture among the students and extend maximum facilities to the visitors of the library.
Federal Secretary NHLH Division Aamir Hasan, Joint Secretary Syed Junaid
Ikhlaq and other officials of the division and library were also present in the
meeting.
Director NLP, Syed Ghyour Hussain, in his presentation, gave a detailed
overview of the history, functioning, performance, future plans and the issues being faced by the library employees and students.
Irfan Siddiqui directed the officials of the library to present detailed
report of purchased books during the last three years, exact number of library books and the methods of preservation of books in the next meeting.
He said library was an essential segment of our culture and civilization
and the division would take measures to equip this library with modern
facilities, as per international standards.
The meeting was informed that the library had total collection of 300,000
books and also published 47 volumes of Pakistan National Bibliography from 1962 to 2015.
The library had also registered 2800 publishers under International
Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) system since 1985 and facilitated 227710 readers since 2002.
It is pertinent to mention here that the NLP has become an attached
department of NHLH Division.