Free trial for the subject for all the universities and education institutes with in Pakistan starting from 21/3/2012 till 21/5/2012.

The World E-Book Library Association is the world’s largest eBook provider. Founded in 1996, the World E-Book Library Association is a global coordinated effort to preserve and disseminate classic works of literature, serials, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works in a number of languages and countries around the world with a mission to aid students and educators by providing them the world's most complete collection of electronic text books, and documents on-line as well as offer a variety of services and resources that support and strengthen the instructional programs of education, elementary through post baccalaureate studies.

New Website of HEC - National Digital Library
The Digital Library Team is proud to announce that its official website has been launched on 20th May’2005. It is after a thorough and continual effort that this website has been designed and developed so that it covers the maximum amount of information and content about the resources being offered by the Digital Library Program.

It can be accessed using the following URL: This link can also be found on the main page of the Higher Education Commission’s official website.

This website contains complete information regarding participating institutions and the resources that are available. Publisher information is made readily available and subject strengths are outlined for easy reference. Each participating institution has its own page carrying information about registered resources and contact details for representatives.

The website offers a user-friendly interface and covers detailed content information for digital library users, general users, librarians, researchers and students. Any new organizations seeking to acquire the Digital Library Resources can refer to an eligibility criterion that is made available on the Website and submit a form for membership.

Upcoming Resources in HEC - Digital Library

HEC is in the process of acquiring the following resources:

  • British Library
  • Annual Reviews (US & ST)
  • Nature (US & ST)
  • Science Online (US & ST)
  • CAS - Chemical Abstracts, Scifinder Scholar (US & ST)
  • Emerald (PERI)
Workshop on Online & Offline Information Resources in Chemical Sciences, HEJ - Karachi
The drift from off-line to on-line resources has come about as a gradual change. Modern information & communication technologies are becoming an increasingly flexible medium for purposes of delivering and retrieving information. This compendium of technologies, when combined with high quality information resources, can provide benefits to our country by developing a ‘knowledge based’ economy.

In order to promote this initiative, a four day long workshop was held by the Digital Library Team in HEJ, University of Karachi from April 4th-8th, 2005. The purpose was to impart a thorough training program for participants and create awareness of the available resources through the PERI project and other American Society Publishers and their effective access and utilization. Specific Chemistry Resources were discussed in much detail to provide the participants with a comprehensive understanding of the focused and relevant subject areas.

Effective searching methodologies were identified and practically explained with reference to specific databases in order to develop the participants understanding and searching skills. Soft copies of all presentations were made available and information about copy write laws was provided to the participants to increase their awareness of ethical resource usage.

Dr. Iqbal Chaudry, Acting Director HEJ, in his welcome address mentioned that information is the foundation upon which the future generations of our Country stand, and said that “The time for change has come. I would like to see these resources being used in order to sustain this positive movement towards availability of information”. He highlighted the importance of the Digital Library Program and its benefit to our research community as a facilitator of this communication change. He showed immense appreciation for Dr.Atta-ur-Rehman’s Vision and congratulated him on his ongoing achievement of building the capacity of Pakistan’s research sector by providing access to the world’s highest rated scientific publications.

Participants of the workshop consisted of professionals from diverse backgrounds, including scientists, senior faculty members and librarians. They represented educational institutions and other research and development organizations from all over Pakistan.

The overall goal of the workshop was achieved and feedback displayed higher understanding and interest from the participants. The Digital Library team looks forward to arranging many more such workshops to help the PERI initiative progress and indeed help build a knowledge based economy driven by high quality research.

Easy to Find Thousands of E-Journals and Hundreds of Databases

ELIN@ (Electronic Library Information Navigator) integrates data from publishers, databases and open archives. University and research libraries participating in HEC’s Digital Library Programme have begun
to overcome the 'first generation' access challenge to be able to query databases and indexes of journal articles and then to download the required full text documents. Alongside this access however, we see new challenges arising. Specifically, how can we maximize the use of limited and costly Internet connections - bandwidth - and how can we efficiently search across a wide variety of resources and thousands of title.

The Higher Education Commission and the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), the main partner in the HEC Digital Library Programme, have linked up with Lund University Libraries, Sweden, to adapt and extend their existing Electronic Library Information Navigator (ELIN@) system so that it can be used by universities in Pakistan that are available through different packages and from different publishers.

ELIN@ compiles metadata from millions of information resources so they can be searched through a single user interface with cross searching and merged search results. access. A key characteristic of the system is the use of open standards that allows all kinds of data sources to be accommodated in the system.

For the planning of a strategy for ELIN implementation in Pakistan, a week-long workshop was held at Lund, Sweden, which was attended by project coordinator at the HEC, Kamran Naim, and Raja Abdul Razak, system specialist. The National University of Rwanda and Makerere University in Uganda were also represented in the workshop- as the ELIN@ pilot project is being implemented in a range of different environments, the largest of these being the Pakistan pilot project.

The pilot project for ELIN@ Pakistan will be launched soon in the University of Punjab, the University of Karachi and Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad. Following the pilot project, ELIN will be installed on the PERN Network, to allow every computer within a university connected to this network with a high speed search interface for a range of publishers currently participating in the Digital Library Program. As well as providing a unified, user friendly search interface, ELIN@ Pakistan will allow the HEC to analyse and monitor usage within all participating institutions. The implementation of ELIN@ Pakistan will further enhance the pioneering services delivered through the Digital Library Programme.


HEC has recently acquired the Web of Knowledge research platform of the Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) for selected universities across the country.The Web of Knowledge provides simultaneous access to a variety of leading research databases. In addition to journal data, researchers can also fully view information on patents, conference proceedings, chemical reactions and evaluated websites. It assists scholars to stay up to date with developments in their fields as well as locate new sources of grants and funding by searching relevant web content. Librarians can use citation data to manage and maintain journal collections. Its capabilities as a tool that provides an integrated research environment, includes its functionality for searching in a simplified and streamlined manner throughout the platform. The full text available is reviewed and selected by Thomson Scientific subject experts who ensure that journals are peer-reviewed and meet stringent quality requirements. The collection of
back files of scientific research within Web of Science will include records dating back to 1975.

HEC has acquired the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) that covers approximately 8,700 journals and 200 open access journals in diverse disciplines. In addition, Journal Citation Reports (JCR) and Essential Science Indicators (ESI), powerful evaluation tools that enable highly focused analysis of over 7,500 science and social sciences journals, measure performance and help in tracking trends have also been provided to the selected institution. Furthermore, institutions have been provided with 'End Note', an information management tool for publishing and managing bibliographies according to industry standards. End Note provides users with help in database searching to build personal reference libraries and import and format bibliographies with ease.

A comprehensive three-day workshop was held at HEC in January, 2005 in which Mr. Mark Wheeler, Manager Education and Technical Support, was flown in from Institute of Scientific Information (ISI) Singapore to train HEC Master Trainers on how to effectively access and the Web of Knowledge.

Additions to Digital Library Programme

The Digital Library office of the Higher Education Commission and the National Academy of Sciences USA have provided access to the publications of American Scientific Societies negotiated under the collaborative 'Digital Library Content Acquisition and Training' programme.

Access to ELSEVIER (Science Direct) is also available now through HEC - Digital Library. Science Direct is the world's largest electronic collection of science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information. 25% of the world's scientific contents is available in Science Direct.

Following is the list of more high quality contents, which HEC has recently acquired.

  1. American Physical Society (APS)
  2. American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
  3. American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  4. American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)
  5. American Society of Agricultural Engineering (ASAE)
  6. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  7. Optical Society of America (OSA)
  8. American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)
  9. ELSEVIER (Science Direct)
  10. Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)


INASP Training - Training of Master Trainers
In March - 2005 a training workshop was held by "Martin Belcher" - Senior Programme Manager - INASP. The goal of the workshop is to work with the HEC Digital Library team to develop the required knowledge and skills to plan and implement a training programme in HEC institutions on the effective use and management of the HEC digital library and accompanying information resources.
Elsevier Training Workshop

A Workshop was held by Perdeep Kumar on 24th and 25th of February’ 2005 for the Digital Library Project. The training was on the resource knowledge and usage of “Elsevier (Science Direct)”, the world's largest electronic collection of science, technology and medicine full text and bibliographic information. The workshop was attended by Digital Library Coordinators for all regions. This first phase of training was conducted HEC headquarters, Islamabad. The second phase of the training is to be arranged by Mr. Perdeep in India

HEC And NAS Enter Into Collaborative Programme To Enhance Digital Library S&T Content
The Higher Education Commission has entered into a collaborative programme with the National Academy of Sciences (USA) to enhance the content of the Digital Library resources. Funded under the joint Ministry of Science and Technology (Pakistan) and State Department (USA) “Pak-US Cooperation in Science and Technology” Programme, the project involves the negotiation and acquisition of scientific literature and academic (journal) databases from selected American Scientific Societies to meet the specific information requirements of the research sector in Universities in Pakistan.

Following an extensive exercise conducted by the HEC to review the current situation in institutions in Pakistan with respect to the supply and availability of scholarly literature, the resource requirements for the research sector have been identified. The expansion strategy of the Digital Library has focused on meeting these specific requirements, with national development objectives driving the acquisition of content for the library.

The “Pak-US Cooperation in Science and Technology” programme had provided an excellent opportunity to meet the needs of the S&T research community in Pakistani institutions with the provision of content from certain American Scientific Societies. The National Academy of Sciences has kindly consented to be the lead US Collaborator for the project, and will use their existing relationships with the societies to negotiate preferential licensing agreements for institutions in Pakistan. The formal launch of the programme will be taking place on September 28th 2004, and following the progress of negotiations the HEC and NAS aim to activate access to resources by January 1st 2005.

Access to the resources will be provided to public-sector higher education institutions who require access for the conduct of teaching and whose delivery is relevant to the identified research priorities of institutions.