islamabad - A two-day weekly books bazaar was started here yesterday at the premises of Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL). The publishers and book sellers of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have set up their stalls at weekly book bazaar. The bazaar will be opened at 9:00am and conclude on 7:00pm in evening for two-days.

Books on various subjects are available at the bazaar on discounts rates.

Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) is making efforts to promote book reading culture in the country. The Academy invited students and general public to get books on discounted rates from the bazaar.

An official of PAL told APP that reading books provided new ideas, introduce to the reader new things and enable him to embellish his writings and speech. “There is need that awareness campaigns for advantages of book readings should be continued,” he added.

Meanwhile, Lok Virsa Heritage Library has a collection of over 32,000 books and journals. In addition a collection of 200 books published by Lok Virsa is also available in the library, an official of Lok Virsa told APP yesterday.

He said that the library was devoted to provide assistance to scholars, students, common citizens on folklore and cultural heritage by accumulating field research, collecting cultural studies, oral traditions, indigenous cultural; inheritance and traditional culture.

“The numerous manuscripts, original research reports, field surveys and monographs on Pakistani culture are accessible to anyone,” he added.

He said that for society as a whole, `Heritage Library’ provided valuable intangible benefits as sources of national, regional and local identity.