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Shamsul Ulema Daudpota Library, Hyderabad

Shamsul Ulema Daudpota Public Library was established in October, 1961. Initially, the library was established in a portion of NJV High School, Karachi and after a year it was shifted to Hyderabad’s Muslim College. After the completion of new building in 1965, it was relocated to in a building, which is now in the use of Sindh Provincial Museum.

In July, 1971, the heirs of Dr. Umer Bin Muhammad Daudpoto, the great scholar and educationist of the time, donated his personal collection of books to this library and hence it was renamed after him.

Following the establishment of Sindh Culture Department in 1986, it took over all such libraries. This Public Library remain open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm without any break. Around two to three hundred visitors daily visit this Library and it is very much equipped with all necessary facilities of air conditioning system, cool drinking water etc. This is the third largest public library of Sindh after Liaquat Memorial Library, Karachi, and Sachal Sarmast Library, Khairpur Mir's. The library has a collection of nearly one lac books mainly in Sindhi, Urdu, English and few in Arabic and Persian. There are around 5,000 books for children.

Moreover, for the facility of common readers, a large number of newspapers and periodicals of Sindhi, Urdu and English languages are placed in library’s reading room.

[Source: Hyderabad Revisited by Momin Bullo]

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