The core functions of PLF include:

  • Grant-in-Aid to Private/Public Libraries
    PLF reviews the needs of the libraries and grant funds to meet those special needs. Since establishment of PLF, following grants have been extended to different libraries of Punjab, read more
  • Plan for Promotion of Libraries
    PLF supports activities for the promotion of libraries, advancement of library science and cooperation among libraries. PLF also approves standardized and customized building plans for libraries, read more
  • Preservation of Rare Books and Manuscripts
    PLF provides special grants to the libraries working for preservation of rare books and manuscripts.
  • Automation
    PLF gives funds to libraries for procurement of computers, accessories, networking and development of software etc.
  • Bibliographical Work
    PLF provides funds for the publication of bibliographies facilitating the readers to have access of published material for their research.
  • Capacity Building of Library Staff
    PLF regularly organizes workshops, seminars, short courses to enhance capacity building of the working librarians and library staff to deliver services more efficiently and effectively in professional way.
  • Standards for Libraries
    PLF has formulated standards for libraries pertaining to building staff, collection of books, reading material, library furniture and equipment etc.
  • Liaison and Coordination with Stake Holders
    PLF frames policies for the development & promotion of libraries in the province. A large  number of public libraries are working under the administrative supervision and control of Local Government and Community Development Department but the post of professional qualified librarians have not been created at District and Tehsil levels, hampering in the effective working of these libraries. Punjab Library Foundation in coordination with Directorate of Public Libraries, Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization and other stakeholders have planned to devise for the reactivation of libraries established at Tehsil and District levels by formulating standards and basic qualifications for the libraries.