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USAID upgrades Municipal Library.

GILGIT -- The ancient and historical library of Gilgit has been upgraded by the US Agency for International Aid (USAID) that provided equipments, computers, generator and Internet facility to the library.

The US mission's Deputy Director Ms Karen Freeman together with her colleagues cut the ribbon as a gesture of goodwill and went round various sections of the library.

Sher Baz Ali Barcha briefed her and other mission personnel regarding the library's historical background and said it was the residence cum office of the Col John Biddulph, who was posted at Gilgit Agency as a political agent by the British Rule.

Barcha said the library had more than 11000 new and old but very precious books, some of them were allowed to be taken outside the premises while some were allowed to study in the rooms of library only.

Karen Freeman pledged more help as far as establishment of more libraries were concerned and renewed commitment of the mission to help poorest of the poor and improve living standard of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.

She said those interested to set up libraries can visit the website of the USAID and they would be encouraged to apply for the grants.

It is pertinent to note here that US mission has awarded a grant of $ 30,000 which were spent on procurement of four computers, two scanners, two printers, internet connection, generator, library software, two card catalogue cabinets and also constructed a wooden picture gallery furnished with precious historical photos since 1877.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 11, 2012
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