This collective was donated to the public sector Government College University, Lahore for promotion of research in social sciences especially women’s and gender studies. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Hassan Amir Shah and ASR Executive Director Ms. Nighat Said Khan signed an accord, for the transfer of library, at a graceful ceremony organized by the Directorate of Academic Planning & External Links at the University’s Meeting Room. The university’s academic heads and the senior management of ASR were also present. Vice Chancellor Prof. Shah expressed gratitude to the ASR management, saying that this was one of the finest book collection donated to GCU in the last many decades. We are very proud of our collection and can safely say that no other library can boast such a collection of women’s studies/feminist books in Pakistan or even South Asia.
ASR had its own in-house library and a vast collection of material on development related issues. These include books, articles, papers, case studies, reports, journals, newsletters and news clippings from Pakistan as well as from abroad. They were available to anyone wishing to consult them.
We were very keen that the collection not be split up and that whichever library we gave it to would hold the books together and take the other collections as well (reports, thesis collection, documents, news clipping registers etc.). We were also keen that the collection be given a designated room/space with due credit given (a plaque) and that our library shelves also be used. In addition to this that faculty, researchers, students, scholars registered at other universities, plus others supported by institutions (including ASR) be given access to the library. Further that institutions and universities plus HEC scholars be given online access and that ASR and Government College University are linked up virtually.
In addition to this the library houses primary empirical work/data on issues of land; women and land; women’s representation in the media; violence against women; religious minorities; partition narratives; and agrarian studies data which were available to researchers/scholars. In addition to this the library contains photocopies of all readings / course materials and supplementary documents.
The library was updated continuously to keep up with the increasing demand that was stemming from the expansion and strengthening of the Institute’s programmes. Faculty, staff, interns, students, resident scholars, and resource persons in addition to outside users made extensive use of the library facilities. Major national and international journals in Women’s Studies, Development Studies, and other related fields were also subscribed. Similarly books in these areas, published nationally and internationally, continuously added to the existing collection.
ASR also acts as a resource Centre for any other information that may be needed, and often takes the initiative in disseminating relevant articles and books to ASR contacts. Besides this ASR had an audio and a film library with over 250 films.