LAHORE  - Established in 1884, the Punjab Public Library, the biggest library of the city, is situated at the heart of the city on The Mall adjacent to the Lahore Museum and surrounded by a number of prominent educational institutions such as the Punjab University and the National College of Arts.

PPL chief librarian Azra Usman claims that the library has a collection of 350,000 books, bound volumes of magazines, newspapers, reports, the old gazettes of Punjab, Pakistan and undivided India, and more than 1500 manuscripts. The library has acquisition, circulation and reference units.

It also has a children section in which illustrated books, children encyclopaedias and dictionaries, besides some 6,000 books on various subjects are available. It has the internet facility as well for the visitors. A number of lectures on various subjects are also held in the library’s auditorium.  The library remains opened from 8:00am to 7:00pm. The library gets Rs30 million annual budget from the Punjab government