Public Libraries in Karachi that are Popular Among Readers

Public libraries in Karachi

The world is advancing and technology is overpowering all the fields of life. Even books are turned into e-books and people opt for kindle or smartphones to read books  instead of reading from actual books. The trend has increased. But, even now, there is a mass of people who love to visit public libraries. So, this article is specified to the public libraries in Karachi. 


Libraries have a vital role in preserving the reading culture. The smell of the new books, the delicate sensation of touching the pages, the crinkle of papers still delights a lot of book lovers. Here is a list of some popular public libraries in Karachi. 

Public Libraries in Karachi

If you are a book lover and you did not know about these, send blessings after reading the article.

  • Defence Central Library
  • Frere Hall Public Library
  • Rangoonwala Community Centre Library
  • Street Library

Defence Central Library

Public Libraries in Karachi


Defence Central Library (DCL) has been popular among the readers since the 1990s. The building is stacked with books from various genres along with a specified section for children. People of different age groups and several literary tastes visit this library and satisfy their cravings for book reading. 

The library issues magazines and newspapers. It also organizes events in its auditorium. Plus, there is also an e-library to keep up with the changing needs of people. 

Contact details and timings

Frere Hall Public Library

public libraries in karachi

The building of Frere Hall Public Library was built during the reign of the British and served as Town Hall earlier. After independence, the building took the shape of a library. The library is equipped with a lot of great books for all types of readers. The building is from the British Era so it resembles the colonial period and is inspired by British infrastructure. Another name for Frere Hall Library is Liaquat Library which is one of the popular public libraries in Karachi

Contact Details and Timings

  • Phone Number: 021-399204932
  • Timings: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm | 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Rangoonwala Hall and Community Center Library

Public libraries in Karachi

The library is located in Dhoraji Society. Rangoonwala Community Center Library holds above 7000 books in its premises. All the books belong to different genres and literatures like Pashto, English, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi and many others. 

There is a wide reading room where the readers can have a quality time reading their favorite books. The readers can also get newspapers and magazines from the widely-read publishers. The Library has an average of 36,000 readers’ visits all around the year. Anyone can issue a book for taking home, but they need to deposit a small amount of money for security. It is needed in case of damage or losing a book. 

Further Details:

  • Phone Number: 021-24935168; 021-34938146
  • Address: Siraj-ud-Daula Road Dhoraji Society CP & Berar CHS, Karachi, Sindh, 74800
  • Timings: Monday to Thursday: 9am to 1 pm | 2pm to 7:30 pm Friday: 9 am to 1 pm | 3pm to 7:30 pm

Street Library in Karachi

Public libraries in Karachi

The world is in a dire need to read books continuously and stay in touch with literature. Pakistan is far behind in the reading habit because there are a few people who love to read. To preserve this reading culture with libraries, street libraries are growing in trend. 

Karachi street Library was initiated in 2019 and is known as a 24 hour library in Karachi. The street library is situated in Lyari and Civil lines.

These libraries work on the principle of “take a book, leave a book.” In the street libraries, there are wooden shelves fitted in the walls. There is a wide variety of books that the readers can take and drop any book that they like. 


  • Address for Lyari: Gul Muhammadi Line, Chakiwara No. 1, Lyari, Karachi.
  • Address for Civil Lines: 242 Fatima Jinnah Rd, Civil Lines, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh
  • Timings: 24/7

The main purpose of this article is to preserve the habit of reading among the public and reinforce the importance of libraries. We hope you get a great use out of this information.

Duaa Naeem
Duaa Naeem
Duaa Naeem is a fresh graduate who is utilizing her writing skills into writing articles that are informative for the readers.

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