Mobile libraries in Pakistan
Mobile libraries are having a moment, and at OUP Pakistan, we have our own! The rickshaw (or a tuk tuk as it is known in Southeast Asia) is painted with truck art, an indigenous form of brightly colored designs painted on cargo trucks in Pakistan, and converted into a mobile library. This rickshaw forms a part of the fleet of vehicles being used as Oxford Mobile Libraries, a project launched in 2012 as part of OUP Pakistan’s 60 years celebration.
The project aims to develop a library culture among the underprivileged children of Karachi, Pakistan and get them into the habit of borrowing, reading and caring for books. The mobile libraries visit schools in low income areas and students become members by paying a nominal amount as a one-time membership fee, which entitles them to borrow one book for a week. So far, this initiative has been helpful in instilling a reading habit amongst school children who have limited exposure to good quality books.
Photo Credit: Used with permission by Zehra Nasim.