The central Forest Library, the nerve centre of the Institute, is housed in a spacious hall of the main building. At the time of independence in 1947, the Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun was declared a “unique institute” and as such its assets were not divided between India and Pakistan. We therefore got no share of books or literature from the said Institute. The nucleus of the present Library started with the purchase of 139 books from Dr. R. M. Gorrie’s private library in 1948. Although the start was made with a very limited number of books, the Library has now accumulated over 50,000 books, journals, reports, maps, etc., all accessioned and housed un suitably constructed wooden shelves.
The literature available in the Library covers almost all aspects of forestry and forest product according to the Oxford System of Decimal Classification. Every endeavor is being made to keep the library up-to-date by adding latest publications on forestry and allied subjects issued throughout the world. The use of the Library is not restricted to the member’s staff and students of the West Pakistan Forest Department, the University of Peshawar, the North Regional Laboratories and the Pakistan Academy for Rural Development, Peshawar.
Moreover Central Forest Library is working as a hub in the Institute and provides full support to researchers and students around the world to find out required material in the library. Recently an advanced Library Information System has been developed for Books classification and Cataloging. Quick assess to the relevant material with the help of advance database is also available to explore researchers activities all around the world. A complete Database is designed and implemented recently to manage thousands of books and research articles inside the Library. Off-Line computerized database is in progress and material search is also available to explore relevant research material in side the Central Forestry Library. On-line access to database is in progress.
In addition to the accessioned books, reports, maps, etc. the Library subscribes above 40 technical periodicals and in addition, receives about 27 periodicals either in exchange of the Pakistan Journal of Forestry or as complimentary copies.
The Library is normally open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in summer and winter. In addition, it is also opened on some days from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the use of the students of the Pakistan Forest Institute.