About the Bank - Library   



In order to cater to information needs of the personnel of Research Departments and other employees of the State Bank of Pakistan, a library was setup in 1949 at Central Directorate, Karachi. Ever since establishment, the library remained administratively associated Research Departments till March 2005 when it was placed with Corporate Services Department as a result of restructuring and business process re-engineering in the SBP. The library remained housed at 5th floor of the main building till 1996 when it was shifted in the old magnificent building originally constructed by the Imperial Reserve Bank of India adjacent to main SBP building. .Later on, it was moved in the newly renovated building of Learning Resource Centre (LRC) adjacent to the main SBP building in November 2005.
The SBP library has a rich collection of books, technical reports, Government documents, periodicals and magazines mainly relating to the subjects of Economics, Banking, Finance, Management, Commerce, etc. Besides, sufficient reading material on Islam (in English, Urdu, Arabic, and Persian languages) and literary works in National and Regional languages are also available in the library. Over the years, the library has grown into one of the biggest and well-stocked libraries of the country on these subjects. The library facilities have been so designed that the latest as well as archival materials on the subjects related to Economics, banking, finance and allied subjects are readily within easy access of the readers. In addition to printed resources, the library provides online access to research journals and a host of digital resources to the readers, and provides the adequate modern facilities and services to its readers in a very friendly & conducive environment.


The State Bank library has ever been financed adequately through annual budget as well as special grants for procurement of books and periodical literature. The library adheres to policy of spending its annual and special grants, keeping a ratio of 75:25 between specialized subjects (economics, banking, finance, commerce, management, information technology, etc.) to subjects of general interests like Islam, history, geography & travel, social sciences, literature, science & technology disciplines, in order to maintain balance, evenness and comprehensiveness in collection to cater to information and reading requirements of all the bank employees. A Books Selection Committee, comprising highly qualified and experienced researchers and bankers, meets on monthly basis to select the latest books received from different local booksellers. Moreover, requests from departments, individual researchers or other employees of the bank for specific books & periodicals pertaining to their respective pursuits are also entertained. All out efforts are made to ensure the availability of standard reading material in the library. Besides purchases, the library receives publications of central banks; United Nations organs including IMF, the World Bank, ESCAP, WTO, UNCTAD, etc., and others international organizations like OPEC, OECD, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Bank for International Settlements, etc.; local public/private sector banks, financial & industrial institutions, governments departments and research organizations on complimentary or exchange basis.


The State Bank library has historical collections of books; periodical literature; annual reports of central and commercial banks, financial institutions and industrial undertakings; budgets, gazettes and other publications of federal and provincial governments; the publications of United Nations’ organs like the World Bank, IMF, FAO, UNDP, WTO, ESCAP etc.; local and foreign newspapers; and clipping files pertaining to economic, financial and political issues.

A brief overview of our collection is given below:


No. of Books

 Economics, Banking, Finance and Commerce  32,000
 Management, Accountancy and Information Technology  5000
 Islam  5000
 General and Applied Sciences  5000
 History, Biographies, Geography and Travel   5000
 Art and Literature  6000
 Laws, Political Science, Agriculture, Education, Sociology, Psychology, etc.  20,000
 (English on all subjects)  65,000
 (Urdu)  8,000
 (Arabic)  4,100
 Regional languages   1,100

 (Punjabi, Pushto, Sindhi, Balochi)


 Rare books

 (Urdu & English on history of Indo-Pak and Islam)  

 Religious Books

The library has Translations and Tafaseers (in Urdu and English) of the Holy Quran by prominent scholars like Allama Abn-e-Kaseer, Maulana S.A.A. Maududi, Maulana Abu-ul-Kalam Azad, Allama Shabbir Ahmed Usmani, M.M. Pikthal and Maulnan Muhammad Shafi, all the six authentic collections of Ahadith, notable sources of Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqah or Fatawaa) like “Kitab-ul-Fiqa”, “Ain-ul_Hadya”, Fatawaa Alamgiri, “Badai-us-Sannai”, etc. and prominent books on Islamic history including “Tareekh Abn Khaldun” and “Tareekh Tibri” in English and Urdu for consultation. Moreover, a large number of renowned Islamic books on faith, practices, ethics, social and economic affairs, etc. are also available in the library.

 Periodical Literature


 Journals being subscribed:  

 Foreign  114
 Local  21
 Journals being received on complimentary or exchange basis:  190
 (including monthly/bimonthly/quarterly economic/financial/statistical  bulletins/reviews issued by different central banks, local and foreign
 financial institutions, research organizations, etc.)
 Annual Reports  
 Central Banks of different countries                
 International and regional financial institutions   10
 (Including the World Bank, IMF, WTO, Asian
 Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Bank for International
 Settlements, etc.)
 Local institutions   50
 (Including commercial banks, financial institutions, eminent industrial
  undertakings, etc.)
 Foreign commercial Banks operated in Pakistan and Investment Banks    30



Local (leading national dailies in Urdu, English, Sindhi, etc.)     20

Foreign                                                                                      6

The following foreign newspapers are being subscribed for the library:

1.      Asian Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong)

2.      Financial Time (UK)

3.      Gulf News (UAE)

4.      Herald Tribune (Bangkok)

5.      Khlaeej Time (UAE)

6.      The Time (UK)

The library has complete files of eminent national dailies in English and Urdu since 1988. The bound volumes of newspapers pertaining to the period 1953 to 1987 were donated to Hamdarad University library in past in view space constrains.

 Budget Documents

 Federal Government

 from 1947-48 to 2005-06

 Punjab Province
1970-71 to 2005-06
 Sindh Province  -----do----
 N.W.F.P.  -----do----
 Balochistan  -----do----
 Karachi Metropolitan Corporation  1974-75 to 2000

 Gazette Documents

 Government of India

 1938 to 1965

 West Pakistan Gazette
 1954 to 1969
 Dacca Gazette   1949 to 1970
 Government of Pakistan  1947 to 2006
 Government of Punjab  1950 to 1998
 Government of Sindh  1950 to 1992
 Government of NWFP   1950 to 1983
 Government of Balochistan  1971 to 1983

 Government Publications

The books and reports issued by various agencies of the federal government, periodically or occasionally, have been organized in the separate section. Being the sources containing primary and official data or view point on different socioeconomic aspects, these books are extensively consulted by the SBP researchers, statisticians and executives as well as the outsiders including bankers, university students, journalists and free lancers visiting the library in connection with their reference & research work. The library has almost complete archive of renown government publications including:

  • Economic Survey 1948 to 2004-05
  • Pakistan Statistical Yearbook 1947 to 2005
  • Population and Housing Census Reports 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981 and 1998
  • Population Growth Surveys 1968 to 1979
  • Pakistan Demographic Survey 1984 to 2001
  • Pakistan Basic Facts 1949 to 1985
  • Some Socioeconomic Trends 1980 to 1983
  • Census of Agriculture, Agricultural Machinery and Livestock 1960, 1972, 1980, 1990, 1994 and 2000
  • Census of Mining Industries 1969 to 1989-1990
  • Census of Manufacturing Industries 1954 to 1995-96
  • CBR Yearbook 1986-87 to 2002-03
  • Statistics Relating to Share Capital of Joint Stock Companies Registered in Pakistan 1956 to 1990
  • Pakistan Rural Credit Survey 1985.
  • Census of Establishments 1964, 1967
  • The Pakistan Code. 19 Volumes (both old and revised editions)
  • The Statutory Rules, Orders made under central Enactment. 2 Volumes.
  • Unrepealed Central Acts. 11 Volumes.
  • Government Sponsored Corporations 1966 to 1990
  • Annual Report on Public Sector Industries 1984-85 to 2001-2002
  • National Accounts of Pakistan 1969 to 2002
  • Agricultural Statistics of Pakistan 1951-52 to 2004
  • Acts and Ordinances 1948 to 1984
  • Labour Force Surveys 1970-71 to 2003-04
  • Enquiry on Labour Welfare 1971 to 1990
  • Annual Establishment Enquiry 1973-74 to 1989-90
  • Five Year Plans including their reviews and evaluation reports 1955-60, 1960-65, 1965-70, 1970-75, 1978-83, 1983-88, 1988-93, 1993-98, and 1998-2003
  • Annual Plans 1965-66 to 2005-06
  • Annual Development Programme 1961 to 1977
  • Public Sector Development Plans 1970-71 to 2005-06
  • Pakistan Customs Tariff 1985 to 2004-2005
  • Pakistan Energy Yearbook 1983 to 2005
  • Pakistan Insurance Yearbook 1948 to 1996
  • Fertilizer Review (Annual) 1989-90 to 2004-05

The books pertaining to this section are marked as Reference sources and issued to the Research & Statistics Departments only for a limited period to facilitate their reference & research work.

 United Nations Publications

The library has a historical collection of regular publications issued by different organs of the United Nations including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization, UNCTAD, WTO, ESCAP, FAO, etc. Besides a large number of research reports, analyses, surveys, staff papers, working papers, etc. issued by these agencies under different programmes, the library has complete and updated records of the following periodic publications of these bodies:

  • Direction of Trade Statistics Yearbook 1981 to 2004
  • Balance of Payments Yearbook 1947 to 2005
  • International Financial Statistics 1979 to 2005
  • International Trade Statistics Yearbook 1955 to 2004
  • World Trade 1976 to 1995
  • International Trade 1960 to 1991-92
  • Foreign Trade Statistics of Asia and the Pacific 1971 to 2004
  • Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 1991 to 2004
  • World Economic Outlook 1980 to 2005
  • World Development Indicators 1997 to 2005
  • Demographic Yearbook 1948 to 2000
  • World Development Report 1978 to 2006
  • World Development Prospects 1963 to 1996
  • World Economic Situation and Prospects 2002 to 2005
  • World Economic and Social Surveys 1936-37 to 2005
  • Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1977 to 2005
  • Human Development Report 1992 to 2004
  • Human Development in South Asia 1997 to 2004
  • Asian Development Outlook (upto 2005)
  • World Debt Tables 1975 to 1996
  • Global Development Finance 1997 to 2005
  • Government Finance Statistics Yearbook 1977 to 2000
  • Global Economic Prospects 1991 to 2005
  • Economic Survey of Europe 1948 to 1994-95
  • World Investment Report 1993 to 2005
  • UNCTAD Commodity Yearbook 1990 to 1995
  • United Nations Yearbook 1963 to 1995
  • Emerging Stock Markets Factbook 1991 to 2005
  • Small Industries for Asia and the Pacific 1968 to 1993
  • National Accounts Statistics 1990 to 2000
  • Trade and Development Report 1981 o 2005
  • Handbook of International Trade and Development Statistics 1990 to 2004
  • International Trade Statistics (WTO) 2005
  • UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics 2002 to 2004
  • Trade & Development Report 1981 to 2005

 Clipping Files

The library is maintaining clipping files on about 180 subjects relating to economics, banking, commerce, finance, politics, etc. Interesting news items, features, articles, policy statements issued by the government functionaries, speeches / addresses of Presidents and Prime Ministers, etc. appearing in the national dailies are regularly clipped and maintained properly in the relevant files, which serve as valuable sources of information to those who are interested in historical research on issues relating to these subjects.

 General Reference Works

In addition to Government & United Nations Publications, the latest sources of information such as Yearbooks like World of Learning and Europa World Yearbook, general and subject Encyclopedias and Dictionaries published by reputed local and foreign publishers, Directories, Almanacs, Atlases, etc. are also available in the reference section. Some of the eminent reference sources available are:

  • General Encyclopaedias such as Encyclopaedia Americana, Encyclopaedia Britinica, Collier’s, Encyclopaedia, Everyman’s Encyclopaedia, Oxford Encyclopedia, New Universal Encyclopaedia, etc.
  • Subject Encyclopaedias such Encyclopaedia of Islam, E.J. Brill First Encyclopaedia of Islam, Encyclopaedia of Seerah, Encyclopedia of Quran; Encyclopaedia of the Modern Islamic World, Encyclopaedia of Chemical Technology, International Encyclopaedia of Labour Laws & Industrial Relations, McGraw-Hill Encyclopaedia of Science & Technology, Economics, Banking, Management, Macmillan’s Encyclopaedia of Computers, Encyclopaedia of Religions, American Educator, Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, International Encyclopaedia of Statistics, International Encyclopaedia of Social Sciences, Encyclopaedia of Accounting, Encyclopaedia of World Arts, Encyclopaedia of Asia History, etc.
  • Leading language dictionaries such as those of Oxford, Chambers, BBC, Ferozsons, National Language Authority, etc.
  • Subject dictionaries of economics, banking, accounting, finance, management, commerce, IT, and other subjects published by different publishers.
  • World of Learning 1948 to 2004
  • Europa World Yearbook 1964 to 2004
  • Statesman’s Yearbook 1975 to 2000
  • Guinness Book of World Records 1990 to 2000
  • Yearbook of Middle East and North Africa 1981 to 1998
  • Yearbook of Pacific South of the Sahra 1967 to 1998
  • Yearbook of Far East and Australia 1979 to 1998
  • Biographical Sources such as International Who is Who 1950 to 1996-97, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography, Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Whitaker’s Almanacs (yearbook).
  • Banker Almanacs 2003
  • Educational Guide of Pakistan 2000 to 2004
  • Pakistan Almanacs 2000-01 and 2002-2003
  • Pakistan Yearbook 1971 to 1994-95
  • A number of Encyclopedias, dictionaries and other sources on different subjects in Urdu, Arabic and regional languages
  • Different Atlases published by reputed local and foreign publishers

The SBP library is expanding its resource base by procuring the electronic resources. Library is presently subscribing to 31 online research journals. SBP library has also to access the following websites through HEC Digital Library Program:

EBSCOHOST, which provides access to over 17250 abstracted and indexed journals of which over 1300 are available as full-text with over 4700 of these being fully peer-reviewed.

SPRINGLERLINK, which provides access to 503 full-text Springer-Verlag journals and 738 full-text journals formerly published by Kluwer Academic Press.

The SBP library is also subscriber of World Bank Online Resources (including WB-e-library, Global Development Finance & World Development Indicators).

Besides, following databases on CD-ROMs are also available in the library as useful reference & research tools for memebrs:
1. ECONLIT, 1969-2006 with monthly updates
2. World Development Reports 1978-2006
3. TRADECAN: Database and Software for Competitiveness Analysis of Nations, 2005


The library follows different schemes for classification and effective organization of different kinds of literature. The book collections have been classified according to Dewy Decimal Classification System (001-999) and arranged systematically subject-wise in different sections in the main hall for instant retrieval by the users. The library has adopted open shelf system for offering full, free and independent browsing facility to the users for scanning all books, journals, reports, files etc. available in different sections meeting their requirements. The library has implemented computerized relational database management system comprising modules for cataloguing of books, serial control, circulation routines, clippings, gazettes, etc. developed in Oracle for efficient storage and retrieval services since 1997. The online public access catalogue (OPAC) has been made available for readers for independent searching of the library databases. The OPAC designated as “Library Online” is available bank-wide to all users having access to SBP Electronic Board.
The periodical literature has been housed in a separate section, where back volumes of all the journals have been arranged in alphabetical order. The current issues of the journals and other serial publications are displayed separately. All the articles appearing in foreign and local journals are regularly indexed according to Classification of Periodical Literature developed by American Economic Association. A separate and updated database of articles, which is a distinctive feature of this library, is available to the users for searching the records relating to their interest or requirement published in various local and foreign journals.
The Budget and Gazette documents have been primarily placed province wise and further arranged in chronological order, whereas the clipping files on different subjects are organized by numbers representing the subjects and within given subject are arranged chronologically. Similarly, the back volumes of newspapers are housed in a separate room and placed title wise in chronological order.


Besides SBP employees, this library is open to all the interested persons including universities’ students, academicians, researchers, bankers, journalist, businessmen, lawyers free lancers and other professional for reference and consultation. However the borrowing rights and limits are granted on the basis of categories of membership. Presently, membership of library is open to all the in-service and retired employees of State Bank of Pakistan as well as the outsider friends including universities students, faculty members, research scholars, bankers, business professionals, lawyers, media persons, etc. Besides the historical and latest collections of books, journals, reports, newspapers, etc., the library has the vital facilities like Internet, photocopying machines and independent research desks in peaceful environment for the convenience of its friends. The library is open to all users from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily (Monday through Friday) and from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday.
Besides compilation of selective bibliographies, catalogues and indices, the library compiles the following two monthly publications to disseminate information about its recent acquisitions to the researchers and executives in the bank and other local academic and financial institutions to optimize the readership. These publications are posted on a regular basis at SBP website and Electronic Board for information of readers at large:

Fresh Arrivals, giving bibliographic description of books, reports, journals, etc. received in the library during a month. All the documents are listed title-wise under broad subjects of economics and banking. Author index and descriptors (subject) index are also given to enable the access of the users to their required documents.

Current Contents, containing bibliographic citations of selected articles taken from different research journals. The citations are primarily arranged by authors under broader subjects.


In this era of information and economic crunch when there is exponential rise in literature especially in the disciplines of economics, banking, finance, management, information technology, etc., costs of books and research journals are soaring and paucity of funds prevails, it has become virtually impossible for the libraries individually to cater to growing needs of readers. The management of SBP has launched “Friends of SBP Library Membership Program” since 2001 under which outsiders including universities’ students, faculty members, bankers, business professionals, media persons, etc. have been allowed to use SBP library facilities. They have been permitted to utilize the existing potential resources of the bank library and avail borrowing facility thereby promoting readership. This program seeks to help those who are endeavoring in research and development process and find it difficult to get adequate information pertinent to their pursuits. This program has received an enthusiastic response from the students, bankers, academicians, lawyers, businessmen, journalists, etc. and so far we have 1500 registered members under this category.

For further details / enquiries please contact:

Mr. Bashir Ahmed Zia
Chief Librarian
Ph: 021-9212460 & 021-2453069
Fax: 021-9211009
E-mail [email protected]


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