Need stressed to open public libraries

Karachi: There is urgent need to open more public libraries in Pakistan to boost education and literacy rate, said Director International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, Karachi University, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary, while talking to visiting librarians at National Library of Chemical Sciences, ICCBSKU, on Wednesday.

He said the existence of libraries and their proper use has become an indicator to evaluate the pace of progress of any country. Pakistan needs to have more libraries in every corner of the country to accelerate the pace of economic and social progress. Now the technology drives the role of libraries, which reveals that Pakistani librarians need to be acquainted with latest Library System. National Library of Chemical Sciences will offer various modern library courses free of cost to Pakistani librarians.

He said that this national library is considered one of the largest libraries of this region, which contains more than 25,000 printed books, 50,000 online books and 25,000 online journals, while the latest chemical database is exclusively available at this library.

“The national library is going to offer various courses on the latest library system free of cost to make Pakistani librarians acquainted with the most modern techniques and systems. In this regard, National Library of Chemical Sciences had held a national workshop on “ICCBS Library System”, in which large number of librarians, not only from Karachi but also from other parts of the country, participated.

The workshop was organized by senior librarian Farrukh Hussain Zai and his team.

The old system is being obsolete, while the new systems are taking place, he said and added that National Library of Chemical Sciences is open for all Pakistani Professors, Doctors, Scientists, and Research Scholars of Chemistry and allied subjects.

Chaudhary added, “The library is an integral component of ICCBS library network, with sister libraries at the Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, Industrial Analytical Centre, Plant Biotechnological Wing, Pakistan Biotechnology Information Centre, Centre for Bioequivalence Studies and Bioassay Research, Third World Centre for Chemical Sciences, and the L.E.J. National Science Information Centre. Hence, ICCBS has the Largest National Library Network of Chemical and Biological Sciences.