The National Library of Pakistan, which has been closed for the last seven months, has been reopened to the public. Despite the shortage of staff, there is no shortage of facilities for readers.
When the National Library in Islamabad, which had been closed for several months, reopened, the number of readers was staggering. Spread over an area of one hundred and sixty-eight thousand square feet, the library has a collection of books and facilities for those who have a passion for reading.
Ghayyur Ahmed, DG National Library, said that the National Library has 50 years of magazines, journals, and books. There are online databases and a large collection of microfilms, DVDs, and VCDs as well. More than a thousand people come here daily to avail the knowledge treasury. There is no shortage of facilities in the National Library but the staff is limited at the moment. There used to be more than 200 employees but now there are only 60. The Coronavirus has affected the operations of the library which will take some time to bring back to normal.