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The library has acquired and developed variety of resources to support the teaching and research programs offered at GC University Lahore. They are well organized and easy accessible, arranged into various sections according to the specific nature of material and the requirements of the users. The detail is as under:

 

I) GENERAL COLLECTION:

 

This is the main collection comprised high quality selected old and new books. This collection is organized according to Dewey Decimal Classification scheme and shelved subject wise accessing to Call Number (000-999) pasted on the spine of each item.

 

II) PERIODICAL COLLECTION:

 

It is functioning in postgraduate library. The library has been subscribing different national and international journals and magazines in print. The current issues are displayed on special shelves in the sections. Back volumes of the same are bound and shelved separately. The Periodicals kept in Main and Postgraduate Library.

 

III) DONATED PERSONAL COLLECTIONS:

 

Scholars, writers and book lovers have always kept and maintained personal libraries at their residences. However, the preservation of those books on scientific lines and their free access to general masses has never been manageable for them. These limitations have led some of them to sell or donate their personal collections to public or institutional libraries at some point in their life.

 

The Punjab University Library, one of the oldest in our country, has received 20 Personal Collections to date. The PU Library acquired 08 collections before 1947 and 12 collections after independence. The total number of books in these collections is 67,000. The number of books added to the library in this category after 1947 is 31,000. During the last ten years, the library has managed to get only 3 collections, which included 10,707 books. The prominent scholars and professors whose books were donated/sold to this library are: Prof. H M Percival, Chaudhry Shahabuddin, Maulvi Mehboob Alam (Editor Paisa Akhbar), Maulana Muhammad Hussain Azad, Haliz Mehmood Sheerani, Allama Asghar Ali Roohi, Hakeem Moosa Amritsari, Sibt-e-Hassan Zaigham and Mian Jamil Ahmad Sharqpoori. The library received its last collection in 2002. The PU Library spent substantial amount to purchase most of these collections. Most of the prominent libraries in Lahore, such as the Quaid-e-Azam Library and the Punjab Public Library, do not possess any collections worth mentioning.

 

The library at GC University Lahore stands tall among its peers on account of its strong category of personal collections. The GCU Library boasts of over 55 personal collections having more than 1,50,000 books, none of which was bought. The scholars or their descendants donated their collections to GCU after having been impressed by the high standards of book preservation and literary utility at this oldest seat of learning in Pakistan. Some prominent scholars who have had a life-long association with rival institutions preferred to trust GCU in this regard. Prof Dr. Waheed Qureshi reposed his trust in GCU by offering 35,000 valuable books and journals to the GCU Library without charging a single penny in 2003. It also includes 6134 letters of 1933 literary figures of Urdu language and literature. In an interview, he disclosed that several rare manuscripts had been stolen from the PU Library, some of which were sold in London. The heirs of Prof Dr. Ebadat Bralevi and Prof Syed Viqar Azeem — the two distinguished professors of Punjab University Oriental College donated their precious collections to GCU.

 

Prof Dr. Ajmal’s personal collection had been sent to England many years ago. But his son, after his visit to the GCU Library, decided to bring his books back to Pakistan and donate them to GCU.

 

The historical record of about 10000 letters and scripts of famous short stories, poems and essays has recently been donated to GCU by Mr. Javaid Tufail, the Editor Nuqoosh, Prof. Dr. Waheed Qureshi and Bashir Mojed on behalf of Late Mirza Adeeb family. GCU Lahore also set up Nuqoosh Museum at the GCU Library.

 

The oldest collection at GCU was donated by Dr. Muhammad Sadiq. In 1978, Prof. Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum’s personal collection was donated to Government College where he had taught Urdu and Persian for decades. Mr. Shahid Hameed, Mr. Zaka Rehmatullah and Prof Qayum Nazar’s personal collections came to Government College Lahore from 1985 to 1990. Thus, the GCU Library received 5 collections with 4673 books since its inception in 1872 up till 1990. During the tenure of Prof Dr. Khalid Aftab (Principal Jan 1993- Sept 2002, Vice Chancellor Sept 2002- Feb 2011) GCU received over 48 personal collections. During the last two years there are six more collection received in the library. At present there are more than 1,50,000 books and journals in all the following received personal collections. It speaks volumes about the Vice Chancellor’s keen interest in enhancing the various facilities at the library.
 

Distinguished poet and renowned Old Ravian Mr. N.M. Rashid had bought Saadat Hasssan Manto’s famous typewriter from Manto while they both worked in All India Radio Delhi. Rashid kept this typewriter with him throughout his life. His widow recently gave it to Saqi Farooqi to be handed over to GCU. This historic typewriter of Manto along with Rashid’s Pakistani and UNO passport, cigars and ties has also been preserved at the GCU Library.

 

Besides above personal collections, a special collection has been developed in 1998. These include very old and rare books on various subjects in English, Arabic, Persian and Urdu. These have been arranged and placed in a separate room in the Central Library. The readers are allowed to utilize collections within the library premises. However these books are not issued. An index with library reference pages of valuable collection of former Indian Govt. documents, reports, gazettes, gazetteers and university calendars is arranged subject wise. These documents can only be consulted within the library during conventional office hours.

 

The details of the prominent men of letters who presented their books to GCU are as under:-

 

 

The bibliographic details of the books of all the personal collections are given below.  However the record is also available from Reference Desk of the CENTRAL and PG LIBRARY of the GCU. These books are not issued to the readers to be taken home. However, they can consult them at their will during the library timings. (Click to download collection files in pdf format)

 

GCU Personal Collection: Year wise List

(for alphabetic list please Click Here)

 

S. NO.

NAME

YEAR

LOCATION

GOVERNMENT COLLEGE LAHORE

 1

PROF. SUFI GHULAM MUSTAFA TABASSUM

1978

Central Library

 2

Prof. SHAHID HAMEED (BOOKS) (JOURNALS)

1985

Central Library

 3

ZAKA REHMAT ULLAH

1988

Central Library

 4

PROF. QAYYUM NAZAR

1990

Central Library

 5

ASHFAQ AHMAD/ BANO QUDSIA

1995

PG Library

 6

PROF. AHMED HASSAN #

1998

The Books have been placed in Political Science Section of the PG Library

 7

PROF. DR. KHALID AFTAB

1998

PG Library

 8

PROF. DR. RAMAZAN MIRZA

1998

Central Library

 9

PROF. DR. EBADAT BRALEVI

1999

Central Library

 10

PROF. DR. M. ASLAM QURESHI

2000

PG Library

 11

PROF. MIRZA MAQBOOL BAIG BADAKSHANI 

2000

Central Library

 12

MUZAFAR ALI SYED

2000

Central Library

 13

MUNIR AHMAD SHEIKH (CSP)

2000

Central Library

 14

KAMAL AZFAR

2000

PG Library

 15

PROF. DR. RAZI WASTI

(BOOKS) (JOURNALS)

2001

PG Library

 16

SARDAR KARIM NAWAZ (CSP)

2001

Central Library

 17

PROF. DR. ABDUL HAMEED

2001

Central Library

 18

MUHAMMAD AJMAL KARDAR

2002

PG & Central Library

GOVERNMENT COLLEGE UNIVERSITY LAHORE

 19

PROF. DR. WAHEED QURESHI

2003

Central Library

 20

ABDULLAH MALIK

2003

PG Library

 21

PROF. DR. MUHAMMAD AJMAL

(BOOKS)   (JOURNALS)

2004

PG Library

 22

PROF. GILANI KAMRAN

2004

Central Library

 23

PROF. SYED WAQAR AZEEM

2005

Central Library

 24

SHEIKH MUNIR AHMED

2005

Central Library

 25

IFTIKHAR JALIB

2005

PG Library

 26

MUHAMMAD HASSAN SIDDIQUI

2006

PG Library

 27

CHAUDHRY GHULAM JILANI

2006

PG Library

 28

PROF. DR. ZAHEER AHMED SIDDIQUI

2006

Central Library

 29

MALIK MERAJ KHALID

2006

Central Library

30

NUQOOSH COLLECTION

2006

PG Library

31

MIRZA ADEEB/BASHIR MOJED

(BOOKS) (JOURNALS) (MIRZA ADEEB LETTERS)

2006

PG Library

(Letters are placed in  Nuqoosh Museum)

32

PROF. DR. AGHA YAMEEN

2006

PG Library (B-14)

33

PROF. DR. LAEEQ BABRI

2006

PG Library (B-14)

34

CHAUDHRY MUZAFFAR HUSSAIN

2006

Central Library

35

NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION #

2007

The received books have been placed in Central and PG Library 

36

AHMAD NADEEM QASMI

(DONATED SELECTED JOURNALS)

2007

Central Library

37

ARSHAD MIR

2008

PG Library

38

PROF. DR. NOSHEEN KHAN #

2008

A corner in the name of Amtul Arifa has been set up in the PG Library with the donation of Rs. 3 Million

39

QARI TAJVEED UD DIN QAZI

2009

Central Library

40

SHER MUHAMMAD GAREWAL

2009

Central Library

41

DR. AKHTAR SHAMAR

2009

PG Library (B-14)

42

MUHAMMAD BUKSH SIKANDAR

2010

PG Library (B-14)

43

PROF. DR. SOHAIL AHMED KHAN

(BOOKS) (JOURNALS)

2010

Central Library

44

MISCELLANEOUS COLLECTIONS

 

1 SYED GHULAM SHABIR BUKHARI (B-05)

2 CH. JALAL-UD-DIN AKBAR (B-14)

3 PROF. DR. ZAHID MUNIR AMIR 

(BOOKS) (JOURNALS)  (B-05)

4 DR. MUHAMMAD  YUSUF FAROOQ (BOOKS) (JOURNALS)(B-14)

5 DR. MUHAMMAD KHAN ASHRAF (B-14)

6 SHAMIM AHMAD KHAN  (Nuqoosh Museum)

7 DR. LIAQAT ALI KHAN  (B-14)

8 BEGUM SAQBA RAHIM-UD-DIN DONATION (B-05)

9 ISSR AWARDED BOOKS (B-05)

10 Chaudhry Muhammad Amin (Acq)

11 Prof. Dr. Rafi-ud-Din Hashmi (Nuqoosh Museum)

12 Rauf Zafar (Central Library)

13 Ahmad Saeed's Letters

14 Aziz Jahan Trust

PG Library

45

MAQBOOL AHMAD DEHLVI

(JOURNALSENGLISH, URDU) (Books(B-14)

2011

PG Library

46

ASIA BOOK FOUNDATION

2012

PG & Central Library

47

ABU-AL-NAJIB HAJI MUHAMMAD ARSHAD QURESHI

(ENGLISH, URDU, PERSIAN/ARABIC)

2013

PG Library

48

PROF. DR. SYED MOEEN-UR-REHMAN

(ENGLISH, URDU)

2013

PG Library

49

DR. AMJAD PERVAIZ  

(ENGLISH, URDU)

2014...

PG Library

50

PROF.DR  SYED SAEED MURTAZA ZAIDI

2014

PG Library

51

GHulam Rasool Mehr

(Books, Letters)

2014

PG Library

52

DR. ZAHOOR-UD-DIN AHMAD COLLECTION

(ENGLISH, URDU, PERSIAN)

2015

PG Library

53

Nishat Ahmad Butt

2015

PG Library

54

DR. Riaz Qadri COLLECTION

(ENGLISH, URDU)

2015

PG Library

55

Prof. Muhammad Rashid COLLECTION

(ENGLISH, URDU)

2015

PG Library

 

# The Book Donors

All the accession registers are available in the Acquisition Section.

 

 

IV)  SPECIAL COLLECTION

 

Besides above personal collections, a special collection has been developed in 1998. These include very old and rare books on various subjects in English, Arabic, Persian and Urdu. These have been arranged and placed in a separate room in the Central Library. The readers are allowed to utilize this collections within the library premises. However these books are not issued.

 

V)   GOVT. DOCUMENTS:

 

An index with library reference pages of valuable collection of former Indian Govt. documents, reports, gazettes, gazetteers and university calendars is arranged subject wise. These documents can only be consulted within the library.

 

VI) UNIVERSITY PUBLICATIONS:

 

Provide the information of publications purchased by different departments of GC University departments.

 

VII) THESES/ DISSERTATIONS:

 

The complete and latest information of theses/ dissertations of M.A./ M.Sc./ M.Phil./ Ph.D. is available by department wise in the circulation section of the Central library.

 

VIII) RESEARCH ARTICLES:

 

In order to fulfill the research needs of its users GCU Postgraduate library has established a separate section for research articles in almost different disciplines.  

 

IX) WORKING PAPERS:

 

The working papers of the following organizations are available in the Periodical section of PG Library.

 

a.  World Bank

b.  Asian Development Bank (ADB)

c.  Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)

 

X) MULTIMEDIA COLLECTION:

 

This section provides access to CD-ROMs, microfilms, audio and video cassettes etc. The CD-ROMs terminals are often busy in heavy use and it is necessary to book a time not all terminals are connected to printer and it is advisable to bring /CD-ROM so that information may be downloaded. It is located near the circulation counter of the postgraduate library.

 

XI) ELECTRONIC FORMAT COLLECTIONS

 

It covers all disciplines taught in the GC University, Lahore. It is also worth mentioning that it is the first ever Virtual Library at any University in Pakistan launched in 2001.

 

The Library has developed online resources section on University web site to facilitate the users to access the different electronic resources. These resources provide the numerous contacts. The Electronic format Collections covers General/ Reference, Magazines and Serials, Newspapers, Books/ Online Books, Web Searching etc.

 

 


   

 

 

 
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