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Department of Library and Information Science
The University of the Punjab is the first university, outside U.S.A., in the world to introduce regular education and training program in librarianship.The Department of Library and Information Science (DLIS) was established in 1915 by an American Librarian, Asa Don Dickinson. He planned postgraduate certificate course but in the beginning undergraduate working librarians were also admitted. Later on in 1928 the admission was restricted to graduates only. This educational program remained suspended from 1947 to 1949 and was revived in 1950. The certificate course was raised to diploma course in 1959 and Masters Classes were started in 1974. A Ph.D. program was started in 1999 and a regular, course based MPhil. Leading to Ph.D. program got started in 2005; which meets all HEC requirements.

The Dept. provides unmatched environment and facilities for advance study and research in the field of library and information studies in the country. It became member of the Consortium of iSchools Asia Pacific (CiSAP) in 2011.

Knowledge and information (K&I) sources are social assets. We educate the professionals about the importance of K&I and ensure that they play their role in the continuity, usability, and accessibility of the intellectual assets to the present and future generations.

Mission of the Department

To be the leading LIS education & research program of Pakistan and meet the challenges of the 21st century in an emerging knowledge society.


• To prepare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to preserve the past, embrace the present, and plan the future.
• To enable LIS professionals to manage and design the systems and services that provide individuals and groups with facilitated access to knowledge and information (K&I) they need thus making a difference in their lives.
• To generate research of international quality, and
• To produce compatible researchers and vanguard research culture in the country.

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