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This study tends to explore the current scenario of madrasah`s libraries in District Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. A total number of six madrasah libraries were surveyed to identify their number of collections, building, selection of materials, acquisition, cataloging, classification, preservation of materials, types of users, the timing of the library, staff, source of income, and problems facing by these libraries. The researchers personally visited the libraries and collected data from in charge librarians through questionnaires and informal discussions. The study finds that few libraries have rich and large collections. The majority of the libraries are stored in a single large room. The selection of materials is based on the requirements of students and teachers which is predominantly carried out by the teachers. The maximum collection was built through purchase. No proper system of cataloging and classification was found in these libraries. The study identified that some traditional methods of preservation and conservation are adopted to protect their collections. The majority of the libraries provide open access to every type of user. Almost, all the libraries provide access to the users on a 24/7 basis. There is no professional librarian in any of the libraries. Furthermore, Zakat and Charity are the main sources of income for the maintenance of these libraries. The study also determines the problems being faced by these libraries. The suggestions were made upon the findings of the study.