PESHAWAR: The Achievements and Libraries Directorate is working to establish public libraries in 12 districts with the help of Rs 100 million allocated from the current budget, officials said.
Officials said Dawn that under plans the province would have a library at the district level in the future.
They said the management was also working on a separate project to set up seven libraries in the tribal districts.
Officials said that currently there are public libraries in 18 districts and they include Rehman Baba Library in Peshawar and Ghazi Tehsil Library in Haripur.
The Deputy Director of the Directorate of Archives and Libraries, Dr Mohammad Ashfaq, said Dawn that public libraries were being established in Upper Chitral, Battagram, Hangu, Karak, Kolai-Palas, Lower and Upper Kohistan, Malakand, Shangla, Tank, Torghar and Upper Dir districts.
Officials say a library in each district is planned
He also said that management has planned the establishment of three more libraries in Hayatabad, Regi and PK-77 areas of Peshawar.
The official said libraries were also being set up in seven tribal districts of Bajaur, Mohmand, Orakzai, South and North Waziristan and Kurram under an “umbrella” program. He said land has been selected for two such projects in Landi Kotal and Parachinar regions.
“Parachinar library land was provided free of charge,” he said.
Dr. Ashfaq said that after the completion of these projects, all districts in the province would have a library in their respective headquarters.
“The ministry will later take care of setting up tehsil-level libraries across the province,” he said.
The official, however, said that in the future, most libraries will become information and research resource centers and will be linked to the Higher Education Commission’s online library and other sources of information. ‘information.
He said Shuhada-i-Army Public School Library, the largest in the province, was first established as a central records office in 1946.
Dr Ashfaq said the aim was to settle in the CRO, which would have copies of documents from Delhi to make things easier.
The CRO was housed in Victoria Memorial Hall, now Peshawar Museum, on the recommendation of the Indian Historical and Record Commission.
The Central Records Office was established for the concentration and preservation of official records, the advancement of historical research in the province, and the restoration of provincial records transferred to the Imperial Records Department, Delhi.
Prof. SM Jaffar, its first custodian, was sent to Delhi to retrieve the official records of the province from the Department of Imperial Records, India.
The transfer of records was completed in July 1947. The library was moved to its current location in 1992.
The official said that in the second phase libraries were established in Swat and Akora Khattak while Rehman Baba library was established in Peshawar.
He said district libraries were established in Dera Ismail Khan, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, Chitral and Haripur in 1994 while establishment of libraries in Charsadda, Swabi, Buner, Mansehra and Ghazi tehsil of Haripur came in the third stage.
Peshawar Public Library, recently renamed Shuhada-i-APS Public Library, is one of the largest public libraries in the province with a collection of over 140,000 books on different subjects. It offers services throughout the week, including Saturdays and Sundays.
Posted in Dawn, July 24, 2022