Pakistan’s first street library will soon open its doors at Karachi’s Metropole Chowrangi on 25th December.


The project is still a work in progress and is an initiative of Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shallwani who aims to bring back the reading culture.

The commissioner shared that he was inspired by Marcus Tullius Cicero, who said: “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

Not only will book lovers get a chance to enjoy their favorite books, but they will also enjoy the artwork which features some of Pakistan’s most iconic buildings and prominent figures including Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his sister Fatima Jinnah.

Speaking to, Shallwani said the street library would be inaugurated on December 25 marking both Christmas and the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

There is “Internet, technology, Google, and [many] spend a lot of time on the computer but a book is a book”, the commissioner added. “Books will benefit youngsters a lot, and if they read, then they can achieve whatever they want in the world.”

We wish the commissioner the best of luck for this initiative and hope to see more efforts to encourage reading culture amongst the youth in the upcoming time.

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