Command and Staff College,
Quetta, Pakistan

The College Libraries

b1The College Library, in its present shape is a tastefully decorated repository of knowledge which is stocked with around 42,000 books on a wide variety of subjects. It is regarded as an integral part of instruction and is supervised by a Library Officer. There are some very rare books and manuscripts which attract the attention of the scholars and connoisseurs of books. The oldest book in the Ghazi Library is "The history of the Present State of the Ottoman Empire" authored by Paul Recant and published in 1686. The library is adorned with murals depicting Muslim history and the ideal leadership attributes of a human being emphasizing the reality of a Manichean struggle between good and the evil.

b1Outside the library graceful flags flaunt their sartorial elegance depicting various stages of Islamic history. One of these flags symbolizes the main battle standard of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) while the other signifies his tribal battle standard.

The Main Library houses books concerned with serious reading. A large number of newspapers and national and international magazines on professional and general subjects are also available. It also boasts of a well-equipped Audio Visual Section and extensive Internet facilities to assist the students in their research pursuits. The College also has a fiction library which is housed in a quaint replica of old College Building. The Fiction Library offers a wide selection of weekly and monthly magazines in addition to a large variety of books for families of the officers.

b1A new Library Management System (elibrary) has been introduced with a view to provide an online search facility for library resources. A user now can browse through library catalogue, read the articles, make reservation for books and suggest intake of library contents.

At present, the library holds 2500 rare books. The books are arranged and classified in accordance with Dewey Decimal classification system. Besides these books, approximately 25000 periodicals (including 11000 professional and 14000 non-professional) are available in the periodical section.

E library has also been established with a view to provide free access to a number of classic books. It allows the user to store links to their favourite books in a convenient place. To facilitate the readers a number of selected books have also been scanned and placed on Local Area Network. Moreover, link to NDU Library is also available for the students.