Introduction

 

At the time of establishment of Ayub Agricultural Research Institute Lyallpur, (now Faisalabad) in the year 1962, the Library was established in small shed constructed for seed drying. Later on the same shifted to the top floor of the Administration Block of the Institute. The construction of new building of the library was completed in 1989 and library shifted to new building in 1990. AARI supports its research initiatives through a state-of-the-art Library and Information Resource Centre. It is an indispensable source of information and is one of well-stocked agriculture libraries of Pakistan. AARI Main Library actively supports research and is committed to the dissemination of knowledge and improvement in the intellectual content of its patrons. Its collection is a blend of books, laboratory manuals, research articles, journals, and digital databases. The Main Library is Hybrid Library which contains both digital and print collection. AARI In-House Digital Library contains more than 200,000 Books, Laboratory manuals, research articles and other materials which is one of the biggest Digital Library of Pakistan.

The library in print format is stocked with 50,000 books, journals and other materials on subjects of interest including Plant Breeding and Genetics, Botany, Bio-Chemistry, Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, Bio Technology, Entomology, Food Technology, Crop Management, Horticulture, Floriculture, Dairy, Government publications, Gazette, Dictionaries & Encyclopedia, Economics, Statistics, Library& Information Sciences, English Literature, Pakistan affairs, Islam etc. The books have been classified using Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme (DDC). Main Library is playing vital role in research support activities. The effective practices of acquisition, organization and dissemination of information have been highly valuable in extension of services to the researchers. We strengthen our repository of resources to provide access to wide-range of research materials. Library cultivates the atmosphere of research and development and explores it to the uttermost by escalating the AARI community’s awareness of research work and its relevance.