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Purpose: This study examined the printed and electronic information resources of public libraries of Pakistan, and to know the budget allocated by the libraries for the procurement of information resources.
Methodology: The study was quantitative in nature and the questionnaire-based survey was conducted to collect data from 119 public libraries of the country. The collected data was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 23.
Results: It was found that the heads of the majority of libraries were LIS professionals; however significant number of libraries were being run by non-professional staff. The availability of information resources in libraries was inadequate, 40.5% of libraries had only up to 3,000 books, 87% of libraries did not subscribe any research journal, 32.1% of libraries were not procuring any magazine and very few libraries had collections of maps, reports, theses & dissertations and rare books. It was found that most of the libraries did not have electronic information resources and access to the HEC database. Most libraries were facing financial problems because significantly less or no amount was allocated books and periodicals.
Implications: The study's findings could be beneficial to the concerned authorities. The key points to be considered include 1) information resources should be procured both in printed and electronic formats, 2) seminars or workshops on open-access databases be organized for library staff and, 3) sufficient funds should be provided to libraries for the acquisition of information resources.
Originality: The study is unique because this is the first study in the country to study the information resources of public libraries. It will fill the literature gap and guide the researchers to study the other aspects of public libraries.
Keywords: Information Resources, Library Collection, Public Libraries, Pakistan