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Fact Check: Only 5 Public Libraries in Lahore

Lahore, in Punjab, is said to have five government-funded public libraries. According to widely circulated internet posts. Furthermore, according to the posts. All five libraries were built prior to the division.

The assertion has some truth to it. True, there are just five government-run libraries in Lahore. But only two of them were constructed prior to the 1947 partition.


On March 10, someone posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, saying, “In Lahore. There are just five government-funded libraries, each built before 1947.” “Sadly, all but the Punjab public library are inaccessible.”

The article goes on to say that New York City in the United States has 756 libraries. Compared to 561 and 250 libraries in Mumbai and Delhi, India.

The post has received 21,000 views and almost 200 reposts thus far.

Reality of Public Libraries

True, there are only five public libraries in Lahore. Which has a population of over 13 million, including an electronic library. Only two of these, though, were founded before 1947.

Three of the five libraries—the Government Punjab Public Library. Quaid-e-Azam Library, and Government Model Town Library—are run. By the Punjab government, according to Taufiq Ahmad. The director of public libraries in Punjab.

The province is also in charge of the e-library, which is open to the public every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. via the following link:

Muneer Khan, the deputy administrator of the library, has confirmed. That the Evacuee Trust Property Board of the federal government is in charge of managing. The fifth public library, the Dyal Singh Trust Library.

Officials went on to say that the Government Punjab Public Library (1884). And the Dyal Singh Trust Library (1908) were the two of the five libraries. That were constructed before the division.

The city’s other libraries were all established in the 1980s.

Ejaz Hussain, the assistant director of the archives. And libraries branch of the Punjab government, affirmed this as well.

Regarding the libraries’ accessibility, Hussain clarified. That graduation was a prerequisite for membership in the Quaid-e-Azam Library. However, there were no restrictions on who could use the other public libraries in Lahore. Which were open to everyone.

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