Revive public libraries in Islamabad starting with community library F-11 !

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Islamabad has a number of public libraries that exist as mere shells. They have been allotted land, buildings and staff by Government/City Authorities but they are in mostly dilapidated condition and lack a good collection of books or attractive layout. These spaces can be transformed from dead spaces to useful spaces of learning and community building. Apart from having great books to read, they can also re-imagined as community centers, and host events like book discussions, book launches, support groups, writers groups, art classes and educational movies for children, language classes etc.


The Library Project aims to build awareness in the public that such spaces exist, and their potential for use so that we can exert pressure on the authorities to renovate the libraries for our collective use.


As a pilot effort, we want to work towards the restoration of the CDA Community Reading Hall in Sector F11 Markaz (behind Attock Petrol Station, in a plot in front of Chaaye Khana). This space is a joint venture between the Capital Development Authority and the Department of Libraries, Ministry of CADD. The Department of Libraries is willing to provide books and updated equipment as per demand of the public. However, the renovation and upkeep of the building comes under the jurisdiction of CDA, on whom we need to exert collective pressure so they can take the requests for renovation seriously. It has come to our notice that CDA is considering auctioning off this precious property for commercial use in the near future, and we want to act to claim this place before it is too late! This Petition aims to enlist support for this cause as a pilot effort towards restoring all our public libraries, one library at a time, until they fulfill their original intended purpose. Let’s take back our libraries!

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