The Libraries are Back!

The Libraries are Back!

The British Council Libraries in Karachi and Lahore will re-open on Thursday, 24 February 2022.

Please take note of the new regulations so that we can continue to prioritise the safety of our members and staff.

We can’t wait to welcome you back!


Library Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday : 10:00 to 18:00

We are closed on Sundays and Mondays



Following health and safety regulations, we will be operating with a reduced capacity and limited indoor seating for members. Therefore, booking a slot is essential in order to visit the library to browse the stacks, or to use our study spaces.

Members will not be allowed access without a pre-booked visit. Masks must be worn by members throughout their visit, and vaccination is mandatory for all members and visitors to the library.

Throughout the pandemic our priority has been keeping our members and staff safe, and this will be our continued focus over the coming months. Please note that as we reintroduce in-person library services, only adults (ages 18+) are permitted to visit the premises and as per the current regulations, children (under 18 years of age) will not be allowed access.

Food and drink:

The Karachi library café is open. Members can bring their own water bottles or use the water dispenser in the library space, however, no food items from outside will be allowed.

For Lahore library, members can bring their own water bottles or use the water dispenser in the library space. Packed food items or dry snacks such as fruits, nuts, chips, biscuits, etc. are allowed.

Book a visit:

Library members can visit the following links to book a slot and visit their respective library.

Book a slot to browse our books or use our study spaces at the Karachi Library Book a slot to browse our books or use our study spaces at the Lahore Library Not a member? Book a library tour to sign-up for membership

Click and Collect Service

You don’t need to book a visit to pick-up or return books using our Click and Collect service – however, please ensure you’ve received an email confirmation that your items are ready for collection from the library entrance.

Please note that you will not be allowed access into the library if you’re using Click and Collect and haven’t booked a slot to visit or use our space.

How it Works

With this service, you can borrow your favourite titles from the library at the click of a button!

Our book pick-up and return service can be availed upon completing the consent form here.

To borrow books from our library collection, simply log on to your online account and reserve the items in our online catalogue.

The items you reserve will be ready for pick up at the library entrance within 2 working days, subject to availability. An email will be sent to you confirming your order.

You can return items by dropping them into the book bin placed at the library entrance. The items will be checked in on your account within 3 working days.


For any queries or concerns about our service, please write to us at libraries@britishcouncil.org.pk