First ever air-conditioned library in Landhi
KARACHI, June 2(Daily Times): Landhi Town is the only town
out of the 18 towns in the city that has started to improve its libraries. The
town administration, on the directives of Town Nazim Asif Hasnain, has installed
five air conditions, besides other facilities, at the Central Library located in
Korangi No. 3.
This was stated by town library deputy officer, Arifa
Tariq, while elaborating on the details of other facilities like furnishings and
increasing the existing stock of books.
She said that the library was
established in 1971 and is also the fifth major library in the city where more
then 500 people go to quench their thirst for knowledge every day. The library
has more then 15,000 books on almost every major topic and readers from various
segments of life, especially students, come to read books and 20 different
"There are two major colleges and one government school.
Students from these institutions, as well as residents from different parts of
the city, visit the library," she said.
Tariq said that the library has
gotten around 1,000 new books during the last 18 months and that it was
neglected during the previous administration's four-year tenure. "Presently,
readers are demanding a stock of curriculum books from the matric to master
levels as the government changed the syllabus two years ago and the books are
not easily available in the market. A list of the books has been sent to the
town nazim so that funds can be allocated to purchase them."
that the present town administration has been paying an extraordinary amount of
attention to improving the services of the library, like installing air
conditioners and other facilities. "The town has also introduced a coaching
centre, with the collaboration of various NGOs, which provides English language
courses for free."
"This library is the heart of Landhi Town. The town
should extend the facilities by providing computerized records for finding
books," said Yasir Ahmed, a mass communications student and resident of area