Punjab University Library holds the biggest collection of books in
Pakistan having more than nine local and foreign language scripts like,
English, Urdu, Persian, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi, Pashto, Sanskrit,
Hindi, Gur-mukhi etc. Library has separated all of its book collection
in two different collections, English Collection and Oriental Languages'
collections. Both of these collections are further divided in different
collections as under
This collection has all borrow able material of English
language. All this collection is located at the Ground Floor
of the Library. The collection in this section is more than two
hundred thousand books approx.
Reference collection as self descriptive is only for reference
use, this may not be borrowed. This collection is in an Air
conditioned hall located at the Ground Floor of the Library.
It has a book collection of more than 18,000 volumes approx. The
reference collection has many valuable sources like, encyclopedia
Britannica, Encyclopedia Americana, Chemical Abstracts, Encyclopedia
of Social Sciences, Encyclopedia of Seerat, Encyclopedia of Library
and Information Science, Statesman Year book etc.
Punjab University Library is a
big repository for the valuable donations/personal collections. The
use of these collections is restricted only to the library premises.
All of the Collections present in Oriental Languages are present in
Oriental Section of the Library, while English material is placed in
the basement of the Library. The detail of these collections is as
It was donated to the
Library by H.M. Perceival, the retired Professor of English language
and literature, Presidency College, Calcutta. It consists of 6500
volumes of books on History, Classic Literature and related
disciplines. A catalogue of this collection was published in 1911.
The collection has been kept in the basement.
The Library received this collection in 1944 from Ch.
Shahab-ud-Din, Speaker, Punjab Legislative Assembly before the
partition of India. It has about 4000 rare books on Islam, history,
biography, literature, sociology and linguistics, etc.
MAULVI MAHBUB ALAM
Mr. Abdul Hameed, Editor, Eastern Times, the son of Late
Maulvi Mahbub Alam (1862-1937) donated this collection consisting of
348 manuscripts and 6612 books to the Library in 1948. The books in
Oriental languages have been kept in Oriental section whereas the
books in English have been kept in the basement.
DR. A.C. WOOLNER
This collection consists of 8671 manuscripts in Sanskrit
and Hindi and is named in honour of Dr. A.C. Woolner who remained
Honorary Librarian of this Library from 1902 to 1928.
Agha Mohammed Ibrahim donated personal library of his
father Late Maulvi Mohammed Hussain Azad (1830-1910) to the
University library in 1913. It has 1556 books and 389 manuscripts in
Arabic, Persian and Urdu. Most of these are quite rare.
PIRZADA MUHAMMAD HUSSAIN ARIF
This collection was purchased in 1929 on the
recommendations of Late Molvi Muhammad Shafi (1883-1963) from
Prizada Mohammad Hussain Arif (1856-1928), a Session Judge of
Pre-partition India. It consists of 165 manuscripts and 809 books in
Arabic, Persian and Urdu.
Renowned scholar of Urdu linguistics B.M. Dattatrya Kaifi
(1866-1955) donated his collection to the library during his life
time in 1933. It has 130 manuscripts and 877 books. The manuscripts
and books are in Persian and Urdu.
This collection was purchased for Rs. 16,192/- in 1942
from Hafiz Mahmud Shairani (1880-1946). It consists of 1710 books,
434 documents and 2284 volumes of manuscripts on Quranic sciences,
history, biographies, topography, literature, mysticism, poetry,
music and theological literature, etc.
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HAKIM ABDUL MAJED
Hakim Abdul Majed Atiqui (1901-1971) donated 2500 books in
1949. The books are in Urdu and cover the subjects of Islamic
Studies, Medical Sciences, Literature, History, Biography,
Linguistics, etc. Hakim Sahib also sent more books which were added
in Atiqui collection.
It was purchased from Zaheer-ud-Din Ahmad son of Prof.
Siraj-ud-Din Azar (1892-1947) for Rs. 20,000/- in 1952. It has about
1500 manuscripts. Mostly in Persian and some are in Urdu, Arabic,
Punjabi and Pashto. It was purchased on the recommendations of Dr.
Syed Mohammed Abdullah (1906-1988), who remained honorary librarian
of the University Library from 1947-1954. The subjects covered by it
are ethics, mysticism, astronomy, logic, philosophy, theology,
medicine, fiction, Islamic studies, essays etc.
DR. PROF. MUHAMMAD
Personal library of Late Dr. Prof. Mohammed Iqbal
(1894-1948) was gifted to the Punjab Univesity Library in 1957. It
consists of 1113 books. It has books in Arabic, Persian, English,
French and other Western languages which are very precious and
valuable from research point of view.
ABDUL AZIZ MAIMON
Late Abdul Aziz Maimon (d. 1978) was a great scholar and
researcher of Arabic language and literature. He offered Rs.
1,00,000/- to the University in 1975 to be fixed deposited in the
Bank, provided that the important Arabic manuscripts or their
microfilms and such reference books which may be useful for the
research in Arabic literature, will be purchased from the amount of
the profit of this fixed deposit. 1157 books have so far been
purchased for this collection. Most of which are reference books.
The purchase of the original manuscripts or their microfilms is
under consideration and efforts are being made to acquire them.
ALLAMA ASGHAR ALI
It is a collection of late Allama Asghar Ali Ruhi
(1871-1954) and his son Dr. Sufi Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq (1911-1989).
Both were great scholars of Arabic and Islamic Studies. Asghar Ali
Ruhi served as a teacher of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Islamia
College, Railway Road, Lahore. It was donated by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali
Rana in 1989. It consists of 3000 volumes, including 17 manuscripts
and some rare journals. Most of the reading material is in Arabic
and some in English and Urdu. The subjects covered are the Holy
Quran, Tafseer, Hadith, Fiqh and Asma-ur-Rijal, etc.
Basic donation was donated by Hakim Sahib in 1989. Up to
April 1997, total number of books received are 9,292 including 14
manuscripts and some photocopies of unpublished material and some
rare journals. Reading material is still being sent by the Hakim
Sahib. For the most part it includes books in Arabic, Persian, Urud,
Punjabi, English and some in Sindhi, Pashto and Turkish. The
subjects covered are: the Holy Quran, Hadith. Seerat, Fiqh,
Mysticisim, Biography, Pakistan Movement, Literatue and Medicine,
MIAN MOHAMMED DIN
It consists of 1500 volumes donated by the family members
of Mian Sahib (1917-1989) in June 1991. He was a famous writer and
PROF. ABDUL QAYYUM
This collection was donated by the son of Prof. Abdul
Qayyum on 27-9-1994. It comprises of 1328 books including
periodicals. Subjects covered are the Holy Quran, Quranic Sciences,
Hadith, Fiqh, Seerat, Islamic History and English literature. The
books are in Arabic, English and Urdu.
PROF. DR. YAR
It was donated to the Punjab University library by his
wife Mrs. Tanveer Jahan Khan in 1994, keeping in view, the will of
the deceased. It consists of 461 books related to History, Pakistan
movement and other related subjects in English and Urdu.
MIAN JAMIL AHMAD SHARAQPURI
It contains 5250 books. The books are in Urdu, Arabic,
Persian and Punjabi languages and some in English. It covers the
subjects of the Holy Quran, Tafseer, Hadith, Fiqh, History and
Mysticism. The first volume of the list of books of Mian Jamil Ahmad
Sharaqpuri collection has been published which consists of 2909
books. This marvellous research work was undertaken by Syed Jamil
Ahmad Rizvi, Former Chief Librarian, Punjab University Library and
Mr. Muhammad Maroof Ahmad Sharaqpuri.
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SYED SIBT-UL HASSAN
It consists of 4485 books. Most of the reading material is
in Punjabi language and some in English and Urdu.
ATTA ULLAH SAGAR
The collection consists of 972 books. Mr. Warsi donated
his collection to the library during his life time in February 1999.
Most of the books are in Urdu language.
Besides other collections, library has a gifted
collection from China, the books in this collection are about China
both in English and Chinese languages. The collection is placed at
the ground floor of the library in General Collection. But the books
of this collection are not issued.
Section in the Punjab University Library was established on July
31, 1920. Total collection of this section is estimated to
contain more than 24,000 titles. The number of manuscripts in
Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish, Punjabi and other local
languages is about 11,400 while collection of manuscripts in
Sanskrit, Hindi, etc. is 8,671 volumes. This is the largest
collection of manuscripts in Pakistan.
and growth of the collection can be studied together with the
overall development of the library. The growth of the library
has an inherent relationship with the progress of the
University. The University made remarkable progress from 1905
to 1932 during the tenure of Dr. A.C. Woolner (1878-1936 A.D.)
who made lasting impact as an able academician administrator.
He, besides other duties, performed duties as honorary librarian
from 1902 to 1928. His efforts made possible a speedy growth
and development of the library.
A brief account of
important Arabic, Urdu, Persian and Punjabi Manuscripts is given
are about 1,200 manuscripts of Arabic preserved in the Library.
Late Qazi Abdul Nabi Kaukab (d.1978 A.D.) compiled a handlist of
Arabic manuscripts entitled: “Handlist of Arabic Manuscripts in
the Punjab University Library” which was published by the
University in 1982. This handlist gives information about 1123
manuscripts. Important manuscripts listed in this compilation
are mentioned under various subjects in the following section.
This list does not contain all the important and rare
manuscripts, but only a few are entered below by recording title
and author respectively.
There are 63
manuscript copies of the Holy Quran written in various
scripts e.g. Kufic script, bihari script and naskh.
fi ‘Istikhrajil-Ayatil Quraniyyah, Nasir, b.Husayn an-Najafi,
d. 1121A.H. (A Ara 8/324)
Muhammad Rida b. Adbil-Husayn an-Nasiri at-Tusi.
Khafiyyi-Anwarit-Tanzil, Qadi Abu Yahya Zakariyya b. Muhammad
al-Ansari (al-Misri). D. 92 (Ara4E/1440)
Anwarit-Tanzil, Muhammad Khazin b. Abdul-Karim. (6564)
Muin ud-Din b. Khwajah (Khwand) Mahmud. (S1746/4800).
Wal-Mansukh, Qadi Imam Abu Abdillah Muhammad b. Ali.
Sharhi Sahihil-Bukhari, Ibrahim B. Umar b. Hasan ar-Rubat al-Biqai,
d.885A.H. (Arb IIITB/1394)
Al-Kaahif an Haqaiqis-Sunan, Sharaf ud-Din al-Husayn b. Muhammad b. Abdillah
at-Tibi d. 743A.H.(5592)
Hamid b. Muhammad b. Ishaq. (Arb II/39/626)
Muhammad b. Salah b. Jalal b. Ibadi al-Lari, well-known as
Muslih ud-Din al-lari, d. 979 A.H. (Arb II/57/2539)
Kawtharin-Nabi, Muhammad Ji.(Arb1/9/1823)
Yusuf Muhammad Yaqub al-Banbani. (Ard I2B/2344)
Mulla Muhammad Mubin b. Mulla-Muhib illah, d.1225 A.H.(Ard I
Al-Anawin, Aqa b.
Abid b. Ramadan b. Zahid Shirwani Darbandi (ArdII81/991)
Abul-Maarif Muhammad inayatullah al-Hanafi al-Qadiri al-Lahuri,
Shahi, Shihabud-Din Ahmad b. Muhammad Commonly called Nizam
al-Jilani (or al Qadi Nizamud-din al-Jawnfuri), d.874(or 875)
Ar-Risalatul-Muhammadiyah, Yusuf b. Ahmad b. Ibrahim al-bahrani,
known as ibn usfur, d.1186A.H.(Ard II/19333)
ihyail-ulumid-Din, Muhammad Afdal b. ash-Shayish Abi Muhammad b.
Shaykh Abi Yazid. (ArbII48/951)
Alaud-Din Ali Dadah b. Mustafa known as Shaykhut-Turbah,
Abul-Farah Muhammad Fadilud-Din Batalwi, d.1151 A.H.(9008)
Jalaud-Din Muhammad b. Asad ad-Dawwani, d. 907 A.H. (arh
Ghiyathud-Din Mansur b. Sadrid-Din Muhammad b. Ibrahim
ad-Dashtaki ash-Shirazi al-Husayn, d. 948A.H.(Aarh II20/344)
Hidayatil-Hikmat, Shamsud-Din Muhammad b. Mubarak known as
Sharhi Hidayatil-Hikmat, Sayyid Muhammad b. Husayn commonly
called Fakhrud-Din Husayn as – Sammaki, d.
alash-Shamsil-Bazighah, Mulla Hasan b. Qadi Ghulam Mustafa
al.Lakhnawi, d. 1198 A.H. (Arh II88/1030)
Shikarpuri (Arh II4/5352)
Al-Hashiyatul-Minhiyah ala Badiil-Mizan, Abdullah b. IIIhad
al-Uthmani at-Tulanbi al-Multani, d.920 a.H. (or 922 A.H.).
Hashiyab Mir Zahid, Mawlawi Haydar Ali b. Mawlawi Hamdillah
Sandhilawi, d. 1225 A.H. (5611)
Abdul Basit b. Mawlawi Rustam Ali b. Ali Asghar Qanuji, d. 1223
A.H. (Arh II/24B)
Al-Ghina wal Muna,
Abul-Mansur Husayn(or Hasan) b. Nuh al-Qumri, died shortly after
Sahi Isa b. Yahya al-Masihi a-Jurjani, d. 401 A.H. (S.1904/4916)
Hunayn, Abul-Qasim Abd ur-Rehman b. Ali b. Ahmad b. Abi Sadiq
an-Naysaburi, d. about 470A.H. (Arh III193/2400)
Asrarit-Tibb, Masud b. Muhammad as-Sajazi. (9023)
Majmauil-Manafiil-Badniya, Daud b. Umar b. Antaki ad-Darir,
d.1008 A.H.(Arh III177/1753)
Hakim Mawlana Abdul-Aziz b. Ahmad al-Bariharwi al-Multani.
are more than 7,000 Persian manuscripts in the library Dr. Mawlawi Muhammad Shafi (183-1963 A.D.) identified important
manuscripts of history in the catalogue prepared by Dr. Syed
Muhammad Abdullah (1906-1986 A.D.).
Hadrati Shahi (KpeIII2/2184)
Translated into Persian by Abdu ur-Rehman Khan-I-Khanan (998
A.H.). (PfIV 3c/847) contemporary copy.
Jahangir (PfIV4C) contemporary copy.
Muhammad Mahdi Munshi. (Pell71C/2210)
Najmud-Din Ahmad b. Fadlullah entitled Ahmad Beg Khan
Diwan Ajudhiya Parshad Mumtazud-Dawlah. (PeIII78)
Gulzar-I-Shujai, Harcharn Das. (Pel18/453)
Ratan Chand. (PeIII73/2143)
Pandit Shankar Nath Nadir. (PpeIII4/1557) the last five
manuscripts (5-9) are autograph copies.
Hafiz Mahmud Shairani stated in his note that there were about
fifty works on biographies of saints, 12 etc. Four of them are:
Bahishtiya, Shaykh Ala ud-Din Thani Barnawi (S-1670)
Muhammad Azam b. Shykh Muhammad Shafi. (S.1160)
Miftahul-Arifin, abdul Fattah b. uhammad Numan. (S.1934)
Syed Shah Abu Said of Kalpi. (S.155)
Abul-Hasan of Khaqani. (S.222)
Shir Ali b. Muhammad Qasim. (S.669)
Fadlullah b. Diya al-Abbasi. (T-17/8187)
Shami Irfan, Kiwal
Ram Hushyar. (Dawn-14/8494)
Muhammad Fadil Inayatullah, d. 1538 A.D. (T-23/8193). Autograph
Mirat-ul-Marifat, Shah Muhammad Qurayshi. (T-62/8231).
Diwan, Hasan sijzi.
Qazwini. (S82). Contemporary copy.
Miratul-Maani, Jamali. (S.515)
Mathnawi-I-Ishq-I-Jahangir wa Nur Jahan. (S1606). Contemporary
(S1630). Contemporary copy
Diwan,, Mirza Abdul
Qadir Bidil. (S.1659)
Tuhfat ul Ahrar,
Abdur-Rahman Jami (O-139/7351) contemporary copy.
Ajam, Muhammad diyai (O-194/7471)
faqir Dihlawi. (O-41/7268)
Qawafi, Ruhul Amin, (S-2013).
Muhammad Amin Amini of Bhakkar, d. 1075 A.H. (S.2030).
limil-Qafiyah wal Arud, Abul Abbas Husayn b. Ali Jafari.
(S.2035), Written for Wajid Ali Shah.
Mirza Muhammad Jafar Auj. (S.1638).
Kiwal Ram Hushyar. (S.12/4836).
There are 65200 bound volumes of journals on
various disciplines both in foreign and local languages. Research oriented
journals both local and foreign are subscribed with the approval of the
Heads of University Teaching Departments. The annual budget for
subscription of journals is Rs. 15,9000/-
Detail of Journals
Foreign Research Journals
The Journals cover different academic aspects of science technology
social sciences and humanities. Table of contents (TOC) service is
provided to all departments, when a new foreign research journal is
received in the library the photocopy of its TOC is sent to relevant
departments. If the teachers are interested in any article the free
photocopy is provided to them. It is very regular Selective dissemination
of information (SDI) service.
Punjab University Library has a huge archive
of local newspapers. Local newspapers in Urdu, Punjabi and English are
subscribed. Khaleej Times, an
international newspaper is also acquired. When a volume of a journal or
file of a newspaper is completed, it is got bound. The Library has
maintained files from 1954 onward of Nawa-I-Waqt and Pakistan Times. Bound
volumes of the journals are arranged on racks in classified order and
fresh issues are displayed alphabetically by title. Journals and
newspapers are not issued, but photocopy of the required articles is
allowed under the rules.
Detail of Newspapers
9 (Including one Foreign
This section publishes a monthly newspaper, article index under the title
"Update: newspaper index". This
newspaper clippings index includes important national, international,
religious and scientific topics.
Punjab University Library
is a depositary Library of U.N. Publications. Under an agreement a nominal
annual subscription is paid by the library and in response we receive the
publications of U.N.O and its subordinate
There are about 15,000
United Nations publications and nearly 10,000 Indian and Pakistan government
Punjab University Library is a depositary
library of Theses approved by University of the Punjab. The lists of theses
submitted in the library for PhD degrees are listed here online.
click the link to access the lists.
Punjab University Library has a rich collection Microfilms at Multimedia and
Microfilming Section of the Library. It holds 1273 microfilm roles of
differenet historic documents and manuscripts including a rich collection of
Daily DAWN during 1941-1947. It also has collections on , Statesman, New
Delhi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi. Moreover it has a historic collection of
Pioneer, Allahabad 1870-1888 and Comrade, Delhi, 1913-1914.
Using modern scanning technology, Punjab University
Library is digitizing its manuscripts and rare collection for preservation
and distribution on request to the researchers from all over the world. The
collection holds Punjabi, Urdu, Persian, Hindi, Sanskrit and English
material. Click the link provided here to purchase a digitized manuscript.
Multimedia and Microfilming Section of the Library holds
almost 400 CDs on various subjects. The CDs may be accessed at the Section
for study purposes.