Anusha Rahman Khan, Minister of Information Technology and Communication inaugurated the Khalid Ishaque Wing at the Gad and Birgit Rausing Library, LUMS on December 23, 2017. Present at the ceremony were the LUMS Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Sikandar Ahmad Shah, Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law faculty and the library staff.
The wing was named the Khalid Ishaque Wing in commemoration of Late Mr. Khalid Ishaque, whose family donated over 100,000 books from his collection of 200, 000 rare books, to the LUMS library. The rare donation comprises books on law, philosophy, psychology, religion, economics, management, history, Pakistan studies, and other areas. Two hundred professional librarians were hired for processing of these books to make them part of the library. The wing houses facilities of Scholars’ common, learning common, a Coffee lounge and finishing corner and the capacity to accommodate 300 readers.
Mr. Khalid Ishaque was a distinguished jurist, scholar, educationist and bibliophile. He was born on August 16, 1926 in Shikarpur, Sindh. He started legal practice in 1948. Because he was prepared to work diligently, he was soon noticed by the people who mattered. In 1958, when he was only 32 years of age, he was appointed Additional Advocate General of, the then, West Pakistan. Five years later, he was promoted as Advocate General. In 1964, Mr. Ishaque decided to step down from this post and establish his own practice. He went on to practice civil law in the High Court of Sindh and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He became president of the High Court Bar Association in 1965. He passed away in Karachi in 2004.
The Gad and Birgit Rausing library at LUMS is a multidisciplinary library serving the faculty, students and staff of LUMS. The library has a rich and diverse collection of materials in terms of its breadth and depth of coverage. The collection comprises of 268, 000 printed books along with access to more than 180,000 electronic books and 36,000 peer reviewed research journals. The library also subscribes to 350 printed research journals to enrich its collection to facilitate researchers.