The building in which the Library is housed constructed in the mid of 19th century during the British rule. It comprises two halls, the Lawrence Hall and the Montgomery Hall. The Lawrence Hall was built in 1863 chiefly from the contributions of the European Community of the Punjab, as a Memorial of Sir John Lawrence, first Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab, and subsequently Viceroy and Governor General of India. The Montgomery Hall was erected in 1866 from the subscription of native chiefs of the Punjab in honor of Sir Robert Montgomery. Both the Halls were joined by a covered corridor. A commodious reading-room, leading into the corridor between the two halls, was lately constructed. The building was frequently used as an assembly room for public meetings and staging theatrical and musical performances. Mostly it was a meeting place for the foreign elite to while away their evenings in summer with iced drinks and in winter with a log-fire. Both Halls were under the charge of the Municipal Committee. The building was known as Old Gymkhana. more...
On 17th May, 1981 a committee was formed under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Punjab, to set up a model library in Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore. The renovation work for converting the old Gymkhana building started immediately thereafter. The Governor of the Punjab Lt. Gen. Ghulam Jilani Khan frequently reviewed the arrangements in connection with the establishment of this library. The President of Pakistan Gen. Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq visited Bagh-e-Jinnah to approve the plan on 24th October, 1981. The library was officially inaugurated by the President of Pakistan on 25th December, 1984 and was named as Quaid-e-Azam Library.
The original features of the old Gymkhana building were restored after extensive labor. The library presents an attractive look after renovation. Library has now capacity for 1000 readers and storage space for more than 3 lac books, after the construction of two basements. The floor area of the building and the basements is 70,000 sq ft.
The brief history of library building is mentioned above. Here you will find some Old and unique pictures of the building as well as some new pictures.
Different sections of the library have their names for quick identification. You can see a glimpse of them from the following links.
Day to day events are occured in Quaid-e-Azam Library. The photos of some recent events can be seen from the following links.