=> LAHORE – Punjab Public Library has opened regular
LAHORE – Punjab Public Library has opened regular membership to various sections of the general public for borrowing of books.
Initially, four categories of membership have been offered including life membership, general membership, student and child membership. The library has enacted new ‘membership and book borrowing rules’ which have been approved in the Managing Committee meeting of the Library held here on Wednesday.
The Punjab Public Library is the oldest library of the Punjab in the city. It was established in 1884. It has a large collection of books, manuscripts and other rare reading material. Hitherto, it was restricted to reading purposes or photocopying of rare manuscripts and books with little lending facility because of the large-scale books missed in the past.
The life members will be those who have established themselves in the society as scholars, social leaders, prominent industrialists, businessmen or professionals by virtue of their ability and hard work. They deserve to use the academic resources offered by the library.
After approval of their membership, they will contribute a sum of Rs 10,000 to library funds (non-refundable) each to become a life member. A member will thereafter, be exempted from any future payment of membership fees, subscriptions and will be able to borrow 4 at least books. Life members association is also entitled to elect a maximum of six members to the managing committee as per rules of the Library.
For general membership, government servants of more than 5 years service, teachers of recognized educational institutions or any other suitable person can be considered for general membership to those living within the limits of the City District Government Lahore and Lahore Cantonment against deposit of Rs 600 as security and Rs 150 annual fee.
All bonafide students of government recognized colleges and universities would be eligible to apply for student membership of the library. The respective institutions shall be legally responsible to replace the missing books or suitably compensate the library and that the member will not be awarded the final degree or clearance by the Institution before receipt of a no demand certificate from the library.
A student member will be required to deposit refundable security money of Rs 200 and annual membership fee of Rs 50. Children up to the age of 14 years will be eligible to use the children section of the library as child members. The parent guardians would be responsible for any liability of the child members: The children have to pay refundable security money of Rs 209 and Rs 50 as annual membership fee.
Source: The Nation