Collection Development Practices and Use of Print Books in Academic Libraries of Pakistan


  • Alia ARSHAD University of the Punjab
  • Kanwal Ameen, Prof. University of Home Economics, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Saba Arshad, Ms. Department of Information Management, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan


Despite availability of digital content in abundance, academic libraries still maintain print collections and books. This study aimed at bringing into light the print book collection development practices (mainly focusing on acquisition and selection) in college libraries and use patterns of print book collection. Quantitative research method following a questionnaire based survey was used to conduct the study. All thirty-eight public sector women colleges of Lahore were the sample to collect data. Key findings of the study showed that principal of a college was the final authority to finalize selection for purchase. Librarians selected books through teachers’ recommendations, publishers’ catalog and by visiting book shops. Majority of the libraries had subject books and a few libraries also added fiction, magazines and newspapers. Libraries got small budgets and few were still deprived of any grants to buy books. There was a little effort in getting books through donations. Users’ need assessment regarding book selection was conducted in majority of colleges through suggestion box, reviewing educational programs and subjects being taught. The findings depicted that literature, arts and humanities and religion books were most used books within and outside the walls of college libraries. The study findings imply that there should be a defined collection development policy in the college libraries and budget allocation should be according to that defined policy. Librarians should build book collection that meet the needs as well as refines the taste of the youth. The findings of the study may help policy makers in terms of budget allocation and planning the strategies for developing collection for librarians.