About us

The Pakistan Library Association (PLA) stands as a beacon of dedication and advocacy for the development and enhancement of library services across Pakistan. Established with a mission to promote the importance of libraries as pivotal educational and cultural institutions, the PLA has been at the forefront of efforts to support librarians and library infrastructure nationwide.

Efforts for the Betterment of Libraries and Librarians

1. Professional Development and Training

Recognizing the critical role of librarians in fostering knowledge and education, the PLA has implemented various professional development programs. These initiatives include workshops, seminars, and training sessions designed to equip librarians with the latest skills and knowledge in library science, information technology, and management. By fostering continuous learning, the PLA ensures that librarians can effectively meet the evolving needs of their communities.

2. Advocacy and Policy Influence

The PLA actively engages with government bodies and educational institutions to advocate for policies that support the growth and sustainability of libraries. This includes lobbying for increased funding, better facilities, and the integration of modern technologies. The association’s efforts have been instrumental in shaping policies that recognize the crucial role of libraries in education and community development.

3. Promoting Library Culture

To cultivate a culture of reading and lifelong learning, the PLA organizes numerous events such as book fairs, reading competitions, and literary festivals. These events aim to make libraries more accessible and engaging for the public, particularly for young people. By fostering a love for books and reading, the PLA contributes to the intellectual growth of the community.

4. Enhancing Library Infrastructure

The PLA is committed to improving the physical infrastructure of libraries across Pakistan. This involves facilitating the modernization of library spaces, ensuring they are well-equipped with the latest resources and technologies. Through partnerships with various stakeholders, the PLA helps libraries transition into vibrant community hubs that offer a wide range of services beyond traditional book lending.

5. Networking and Collaboration

Building a strong network of library professionals is essential for the sharing of best practices and resources. The PLA provides a platform for librarians to connect, collaborate, and support each other through various forums and associations. This network fosters a sense of community and solidarity among library professionals, encouraging the exchange of ideas and innovation.