Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Memorial Library, Larkano

History / Background
“Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto Memorial Library Larkano” was established by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the then Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in memory of his late father, Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto, who also worked as Dewan or Prime Minister of Princely State of Junagadh. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto laid foundation stone of the said building in mid 1970s which was constructed and completed in the year 1976.

Unfortunately, after imposition of Martial Law by Gen. Zia-ul-Haq, in 1977, and dissolution of democratic government, the Army authorities occupied this building and used it for their own purpose, up to 1983. Thereafter, this building was vacated by them. Mr. Mohammad Hashim Memon, the then Deputy Commissioner Larkano, set up the building for library purpose and got it inaugurated by Mr. Ilahi Bux Soomro Ex-Federal Minister for Industries on 27-10-1984. Since then, the library is functioning smoothly and large number of people have benefited from this service.In 1987, Culture Department, Government of Sindh, took over the administrative control of the library building. During the regime of Shaheed Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto extension wing was approved and constructed, adjacent to the main building, to expand the facilities for literate youth and other citizens of Larkano District.

Collection of Books and Periodicals
There are 79,255 books available in the library on different subjects in different languages including English, Urdu and Sindhi. A number of daily newspapers and periodicals are also available in the library.

This library has a collection of 79,255 books in all, mainly in Sindhi, Urdu, English, and few in Arabic and Persian. There are 4,000 books for children.

Besides, 27 daily Newspapers and 46 periodicals in Sindhi, Urdu and English are provided in the library for regular readers.

Facilities and Services
The Library comprises Eight (8) Sections / Halls, One (1) Auditorium Hall and Three (3) Offices. The Sections include General Reading Halls, Newspaper Reading Section, Computer Centre (with internet facility), Children Library, CSS Section, etc. Most facilities are equipped with quality furniture and air-conditioners. There are three beautiful lawns.

A standby Generator facility is available in the library to facilitate the readers / visitors during power load-shedding hours, which unfortunately is a regular feature in the country these days.

Besides, one Auditorium with 206 seats / capacity serves the purpose for literary activities and programmes.

Visitors / Membership
Approximately 750-800 readers visit the library daily. All citizens are entitled to use the library facilities free of cost. However, the national ID (CNIC) is generally sought / checked off and on to ensure safety and security of the readers / visitors.

Timings / Off Days
The library timings are from 9.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. daily on all working days. The library remains closed on Sundays and other public holidays

Contact Us

Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Department
7th Floor, New Sindh Secretariat Building No.1 Karachi
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