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The study aimed to explore the impact of e-libraries on youth development in Punjab, Pakistan. The quantitative research method was adopted to address research questions of the study. A questionnaire using the five domains of Youth Development Index of the Commonwealth was developed to collect the quantitative data from young users (aged between 15-29 years) of four e-libraries developed under the Punjab E-Library Project in Punjab, Pakistan. The findings illustrate that e-libraries had a significant positive impact on youth development in all the five domains. The respondents acknowledged the multidimensionality of the e-libraries on holistic uplift and advancement of youth capabilities in all three aspects of human life i.e., social, economic, and political. The study findings have implications for the government authorities, e-library administration and library professionals in justifying resources, identifying users’ needs with special reference to the youth, and improving resources and services in the e-libraries.