Library Collections

General Collection

This is the main collection comprising high-quality selective books related to the LUMS academic programs. The books on computer science, computer engineering, public administration, science & technology, and management sciences are housed on the ground floor of the library while books on philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, politics, Economics, law, language & literature, arts, and history & geography are housed at Khalid Ishaque Wing (library Ist floor).

Reference Collection

A significant number of current reference sources are available on reference shelves. Various electronic databases including micro data sets produced by the Federal Bureau of Statistics are distinct features of this collection. This collection also contains dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, directories, yearbooks, atlases, and bibliographies.

Government Documents

The library acquires Government of Pakistan documents related to the study and research needs of its users. These documents highlight important statistics, annual and five-year plans, budgets, census reports, economic surveys, and other material published by provincial and federal government agencies.

Depository Collection

The library is a repository for publications of the World Bank, the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the International Trade Organization, and the European Union. The library has separate sections to house these publications. These collections mostly contain world data, demographic statistics, and economic trends.

LUMS Publications

We are housing LUMS faculty and students' research out put, e.g., MBA projects, MS projects, theses, dissertations, research assignments, and the publications of LUMS research centers (SMEC, CMER) in separate locations.

Multimedia Collection

The Multimedia section provides access to audiovisual material; CD-ROMs, DVDs, and videos for borrowers as well as in-house facilities to watch. The section is equipped with Cable TV, VCRs, CD & DVD players, a Hi-Fi audio system, and microfilm and microfiche readers.

Periodicals Collection

The library has been subscribing to more than 250 national and international journals and magazines in print format. A complete list is available at the library website/library portal and at the reference desk. The current issues of the periodicals are displayed on special shelves in the main reading area. Back volumes of these periodicals are bound and shelved separately.

Course Reserve

The library has a collection of course reserves/reading packages of the courses offered during the last five years. These course reserves have been developed by the faculty to fulfill the textual/course needs of the students.

Company Annual Reports

This is a unique feature of LUMS Library; more than 11,000 Annual Reports of approximately 900 stick-listed companies have been collected and organized in this collection. This collection is further strengthened by the electronic database VISTA which carries companies' historical data starting from 1990.

Press Clippings

The library has subscribed to 11 National dailies (The News. Dawn, The Nation, Business Recorder,  Express Tribune, Daily Times, Pakistan Today, Daily Jang, City 42, Nawa-i-Waqat, Nai Baat) and also maintains press clippings from three major national dailies (Dawn, Business Recorder, The News) on 54 different broad subject areas related to academic programs. The collection goes back to 1987. The library also developed a searchable database with full text/digital support from 2000 onward.

Pamphlet and Reports

The library has an important collection of 10,200 small pamphlets and reports on subjects related to teaching and research at LUMS which are housed separately in boxes.

Electronic Database

The library has access to a wide range of electronic resources including e-databases, e-journals and e-books are accessible through the internet, campus-wide networks, and from the library terminals. A list of all databases/journals is available on the library website.

Pakistan Periodicals Index

PPI is a searchable bibliographic database of articles published in major Pakistani periodicals. The references cover 40,000 index entries from January 1988 to date.