Faiz Heritage Library inaugurated at Lok Virsa

Lok Virsa on Tuesday named its renovated Library as “Faiz Heritage Library” to promote book reading culture and facilitate researchers and students of various educational institutions. Daughter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz Saleema Hashmi was the chief guest in the inauguration ceremony of the renovated library.
Executive Director Lok Virsa Dr. Fouzia Saeed, Renowned scholar Kishwar Naheed and poet Harish Khalique was also present on the occasion. In her welcome remarks, Dr. Fouzia Saeed said that Faiz Ahmed Faiz was the founding father of Lok Virsa, whose vision and teachings have been a guiding light in Lok Virsa’s various endeavors and initiatives.
She said that Library would provide source of national, regional, and local identity. The library has a collection of over 32,000 books and journals. Additionally, a collection of 200 books published by Lok Virsa is also available in the library.
Dr. Fouzia said that the library will serve students, researchers and scholars in their research work on the cultural heritage of Pakistan, adding that numerous manuscripts, original research reports, field surveys and monographs on Pakistani culture will be accessible to all.
“Lok Virsa is a breakthrough in opening up avenues of education for students, teachers of culture, as well as general public. The digitized catalogue will be available on our website”, ED Lok Virsa added.
Well-known Artist and the eldest daughter of Renowned Poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Saleema Hashmi appreciating the efforts of Lok Virsa said that the current Heritage Library offers unparalleled opportunities for self-directed learning and exploration by people of diverse ages, interests, backgrounds, and abilities.
“It is a sad fact that thousands of rare books housed in our libraries and museums are endangered and unless they are preserved on computer in the digital form, they may soon disappear or get defaced beyond recognition”, Saleema believed.
Renowned Urdu Poet and Women rights activist, Kishwar Naheed while praising Lok Virsa efforts said, that numerous of rare literary journals are gathering dust in our libraries, in many cases unattended, and researchers sometimes have to travel hundreds of miles to benefit from them and Lok Virsa bring ease for cultural scholars and researchers by digitizing its library.
Prominent Columnist and Poet, Harris khalique speaking on the occasion said that well-equipped library with an enabling environment and a competent and efficient librarian is a must for research scholars.—APP

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