Potential for fee‐based library services in Pakistan

Khalid Mahmood (Department of Library and Information Science, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)
Abdul Hameed (Department of Special Education, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan)
Syed Jalaluddin Haider (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Publication date: 1 December 2005



To identify which library services could be provided on a fee‐based model in Pakistan.


Surveying experts in Pakistani libraries, a questionnaire was administered to determine both the types of library services that could generate revenue and the viability of charging for library services.


Out of 32 identified information services, 12 were identified as excellent candidates for the fee‐based model. Another 16 were identified as having a better than 50 percent chance of success.


Identifies a minimum of 28 library services that may generate funds for Pakistani libraries if they are changed to a fee‐based model.



Mahmood, K., Hameed, A. and Jalaluddin Haider, S. (2005), "Potential for fee‐based library services in Pakistan", The Bottom Line, Vol. 18 No. 4, pp. 172-179. https://doi.org/10.1108/08880450510632253

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