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Purpose: This study examined the problems faced by the public of Pakistan. It also analyzed the demographic information of the libraries and further reviewed the designation, qualifications, and professional experience of the heads/in-charge of public libraries.
Research Methodology: The census-based survey was conducted, and data was collected from the 119 public libraries through the structured questionnaire. The collected data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (version-23) and both descriptive and inferential stats were applied to analyze the data and interpret the results.
Key Findings: The heads of 91 libraries were LIS professionals, while 28 libraries were run by non-professional staff. The major problems identified were lack of training opportunities, limited human resources, insufficient IT & LIS professional staff, limited electronic resources, interrupted power supply, limited information resources, lack of commitment from the upper management and lack of financial resources. It was also observed that public libraries in Balochistan faced more problems than libraries of other provinces.
Practical Implications: The findings of the study are useful for policymakers and managers of public libraries. Major points to be considered include a) more posts of professional staff should be created and appointed; b) the existing libraries need to be upgraded, and new and well-equipped public libraries should be established at district and tehsil levels to meet the people's information and recreation needs.