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  • MAR 20 2020

    Closure of Library amid Covid-19 Pandemic

    SBP Library will remain closed from today as a preventive measure against the spread of covid-19 till further instructions. No library fines will accrue during this temporary closure.For technical guidance on this pandemic disease, please keep visiting:
  • JAN 02 2019

    Governor Inaugurates Newly Renovated Floor of SBP Library

    The SBP Library recently underwent refurbishment of its infrastructural facilities at ground floor that included: re-insulation of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) ducts, replacement of fluorescent tube lights with LEDs, replacement of plaster of Paris (POP) false-ceiling with perforated metallic tiled ceiling, replacement of insulated carpet flooring with customized Freeca & Wattle carpet tiles, replacement of blind-double-sided wooden-framed bookshelves with see-through-double-sided aluminum-framed bookshelves, and addition of  some modern chairs, tables, and study carrels.

    Governor Inaugurates New Renovated Floor of SBP Library

    The refurbished library was inaugurated by the honorable Governor State Bank of Pakistan, Mr. Tariq Bajwa, on January 02, 2019. The Chief Librarian, Mr. Bashir Ahmed Zia, carried out a guided tour of the Library for the visitors demonstrating prominent features of each section. The Governor appreciated all the teams involved in the renovation work including the Library, the Engineering and the General Services Department and expressed his hopes that the renovated library with its lively ambiance, modern décor, and improved signage would attract more readership resulting in increased usage of library resources.

  • JUL 01 2018

    Subscription of Sage Management & Organizational Studies Journals Collection

    Library has subscribed the Sage Management & Organizational Studies Journals Collection comprising of 105 journals dealing with business, economics, management, and organizational studies. The collection is accessible bank-wide through IP-authentication at the following URL:

    Access URL:


  • JAN 01 2018

    Subscription of Oxford Economics & Finance Journals Collection

    A collection of 37 Oxford eJournals pertaining to the disciplines of Economis & Finance has now been added to the subscriptions of SBP Library for the calendar year 2018. The journals with their archives dating back to 1996 can be accessed on bank-wide network throug IP authentication at the following address:

    Access URL:
    Journals List: http://library/documents/resources/Oxford_Economics.pdf
    Subscription Period: 1996 - present

  • JAN 15 2016

    Trail subscription of Ebsco Discovery Service

    SBP Library has taken trial subscription of Ebsco Discovery Service that would enable its users to search nearly all subscribed databases (like ACM, Business Source Complete, EconLit, ebrary, Emerald, JSTOR, Science Direct, SpringerLink, Taylor & Francis, Wiley, etc.) through a single search box.

    Users are requested to provide their feedback on the effectiveness of this tool in their research at SBP, particularly, in relation to other discovery services like Summon & Google Scholar by March 31, 2016.

  • JAN 01 2016

    Trial Access to Summon Discovery Service

    Courtesy of the Higher Education Commission, most of our subscribed electronic content can now be browsed or searched through a single interface avaialble till March 2016 at:

  • JAN 01 2016

    Subscription of Currency News

    Currency News provides a unique and comprehensive one-stop source of information to all those involved in specifying, issuing, producing or handling currency. In 12 information-packed issues per year, it covers all aspects of currency from cradle-to-grave with a blend of news, expert analysis, and commentary on the events, standards, companies, people and technologies shaping the evolution and development of banknotes and coins around the world.

    SBP Library has subscribed to this newsletter and its online data vault (containing PDFs of the newsletter’s back issues along with a comprehensive banknote database including details, descriptions and images of all the currencies, useful local information, handy guides to identifying and authenticating notes and a wide range of different search features.

    Interested users may visit the library for browsing print issues of the newsletter published since January 2016. PDFs of all the back issues since January 2003, with the exception of the six most recent issues, can be browsed on the designated PCs in the eLibrary Section or requested through email by writing to:

  • AUG 18 2015

    Findings of User's Need Assessment & Satisfaction Survey 2015

    The User's Needs Assessment & Satisfaction Survey of SBP Library conducted during June 2015 for evaluating the effectiveness of Library's resources, services and facilities in meeting the information needs of SBP employees has been concluded. The results of the survey can be viewed at: http://sbpweb/lib/uss-2015.htm

  • JUL 09 2015

    Subscription of Sage Journals on HR

    Library has taken institutional subscription to following online journals related to HR:

    1. Advances in Developing Human Resources
    2. Australian Journal of Career Development
    3. Compensation & Benefits Review
    4. Economic and Industrial Democracy
    5. Economic and Labour Relations Review, The
    6. European Journal of Industrial Relations
    7. Healthcare Management Forum
    8. Human Relations
    9. Human Resource Development Review
    10. ILR Review
    11. Journal of Industrial Relations
    12. Journal of Management
    13. Public Personnel Management
    14. Review of Public Personnel Administration
    15. SAGE Open
    16. South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management
    17. Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research

    The journals, with full-text coverage dating back to 1999,  are accessible bank-wide to all employees through IP authentication . Problems in site accessibility may be reported at: http://library/index/contact


  • MAY 12 2015

    Trial Access to OECD iLibrary

    Library is considering subscribing to the OECD iLibrary – an online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring all its proprietary books, papers and statistics with the following coverage:

    • 9900 ebook titles
    • 42000 chapters
    • 96700 tables and graphs
    • 4370 articles
    • 4330 multilingual summaries
    • 4490 working papers
    • 5 billion data points across 42 databases.

    For evaluation purposes, a bank-wide free trial access has been arranged which will remain active on SBP network during the month of May 2015. All colleagues are requested to fully utilize this trial offer and let the library know their feedback regarding its usefulness to their business latest by 31st May 2015.

  • MAR 13 2015

    Online Trial Access to Sage Journals

    Library has arranged bank-wide free trial of 526 online journals published by SAGE in the areas of Social Sciences & Humanities. The trial is accessible to all SBP, SBP-BSC, and NIBAF employees, having network and internet connectivity enabled, through the following website:

    Access URL:

    All colleagues are requested to utilize this trial offer and provide us their candid feedback regarding its usefulness latest by 13th April 2015.


  • JAN 28 2015

    Library Takes 1-Month Free Trial of ABI/Inform Complete and Factiva

    SBP Library has arranged 1-month free trial of the following databases: 

    • ABI/INFORM Complete : Comprising of ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline, this database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world. 
    • Dow Jones's is a premier business and general reference resource with a broad collection of sources that reach across disciplines from business and current events to communications and technology, politics, foreign policy, and much more. combines more than 28,000 sources to give users access to premium content from 159 countries in 22 languages. This broad range of content provides both local insight and global perspective on every business issue. gives users the power to monitor current news, track industry developments and global market activity, and research a global company.

    The trial access will remain active at SBP network till 27th Feb 2015 through the following link:

    All colleagues are requested to utilize this trial offer and help the Library decide whether to subscribe the above-listed databases or not on regualr basis through their candid feedback latest by 28th February 2015.


  • JAN 23 2015

    Subscription of Emerald Business, Management and Economics eBooks

    Supplementing the already subscribed e-books databases, SBP Library has acquired yet another quality ebooks archive namely: Emerald Business, Management, and Economics eBooks Series.

    The archive contains 970 volumes from 92 series published by the Emerald during 1991-2014 on various disciplines of Business, Management and Economics. Access to this archive has been configured on SBP country-wide network through IP authentication enabling all SBP, SBP-BSC, and NIBAF employees--having network and internet connectivity enabled--directly consult the resource at their desktops via:

    Any further assistance in accessing, browsing or searching the archive can be had from: Mr. Zia-ur-Rehman – Electronic Resources Librarian @ Ext: 3015

  • FEB 24 2014

    Study Visit of St. Lawrence's Govt. Girls Degree College Students to SBP Library

    Around 30 students of BA (Library Science) along with their 3 Lecturers from St. Lawrence’s Govt. Girls Degree College (Jigarmuradabadi Road, Jamshed Town, Karachi) paid a study visit to SBP Library on 24th February 2014. Students were briefed about the evolutionary history, organizational structure, functions, policies and standard practices of SBP Library. They were also informed of the various kinds of printed information resources (like books, journals, newspapers, & technical reports, etc.) that library has developed over the years alongside online databases that are annually subscribed. A demo of the Library Portals followed by the physical tour of stack areas further helped students to comprehend the stacks arrangement and collections’ strengths. The group declared the tour quite informative and thanked SBP Library Team for its arrangements. Refreshments were served at the end.

  • FEB 17 2014

    Online Subscription of Risk Journals

    SBP Library has taken single user online access to the following risk journals published by the Incisive Media:

    1. The Journal of Computational Finance
    2. The Journal of Credit Risk
    3. The Journal of Energy Markets
    4. The Journal of Financial Market Infrastructures
    5. The Journal of Investment Strategies
    6. The Journal of Operational Risk
    7. The Journal of Risk
    8. The Journal of Risk Model Validation

    The journals contain peer-reviewed research and technical papers with academically rigorous and practitioner-focused content on rapidly evolving discipline of financial risk management.

    Users can either visit the library in person to browse the journals on specific terminals dedicated for users or  ask the Library for supply of their required articles through email. For articles requests, please contact the following:

    Mr. Ijaz Alam
    Ext: 3100

    Mr. Zia-ur-Rehman
    Ext: 3015

  • FEB 10 2014

    Trial Access to e-Journals of World Scientific Publications Company

    SBP Library has arranged 1-month free trial access to the following e-journal collections of World Scientific Publishing Company:

    The trial will remain active till 09th March 2014 on SBP network through IP authentication. All library members are strongly urged to utilize this trial offer for critical evaluation of the subject e-journals.  Your candid feedback will help the Library decide whether these journals should be considered for regular subsciption or not.

  • JAN 16 2014

    Senior Faculty members from Hamdard University Visit SBP Library

    A delegate comprising five senior faculty members from Faculty of Social Sciences, Hamdard University headed by the Coordinator Ph.D Program Dr. Iqbal Ahmed visited SBP library on 16th January 2014 in response to our invitation. Their visit was arranged in connection with orientation workshops being conducted for local business schools in order raise awareness among them about services, facilities and resources of SBP library and to promote its membership and utilization.  

    Mr. Bashir Ahmed Zia, Chief Librarian, SBP welcomed the delegate and explicated the purpose of orientation program in addition to SBP Library Friends membership Program. Mr. Zia ur Rehman, Electronic Resource Librarian gave a comprehensive orientation on SBP Library resources, collection, services, policies, web portal and external membership. Afterwards, the delegate was given a round of library by Mr. Zia ur Rehman, Hafiza Zaheer Fatima and Arshad Mahmood. The Faculty Members appreciated the orientation program, SBP library resources, services, and Library Friend Program, and showed their keen interest in library membership as well as their commitment to enlighten their researchers and  students about the SBP library services and collections.
    Visit of Hamdard University Faculty to SBP Library

  • AUG 01 2013

    SBP Library Gets Free Access to Project Muse

    With courtesy of the Higher Education Commission & INASP, SBP Library has got free access to  the Project Muse 550+ journals and 5300+ ebooks which would now be accessible across SBP network through IP authentication at: 

  • JUL 09 2013

    Library Timings during the Ensuing Holy month of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak

    The following timings shall be observed in the State Bank of Pakistan Library during the ensuring Holy month of Ramazan-ul-Mubarak 1434 A.H.:

    Monday through Thursday: 08:00 a.m. to 04:15 p.m. (without any break)

    Friday                                : 08:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m. (without any break)

    The above timings will automatically be reverted to pre-Ramzan-ul Mubarak timings after Eid-ul-Fitr.

  • MAY 02 2013

    Subscription of Ebscohost BusinessCore eBooks Collection

    Upon growing demand of library users regarding expansion in e-book collections alongside e-journals, SBP Library arranged bank-wide subscription of BusinessCore e-Books Collection from EBSCOHOST--the leading online publishing platform in the world.

    The BusinessCore e-Books Collection  contains over 7,700 titles covering all disciplines of business, including accounting & finance, economics & banking, mathematics & statistics, information technology, business communication, human resources, strategic planning, leadership & management, project management, marketing, sales & selling, mergers & acquisitions, green business, etc.The titles chosen are taken from world’s top book publishers, including John Wiley & Sons, AMACOM, MIT Press, Sage, The Career Press, Ashgate, HRD Press, Greenwood, etc. Around 6,500 books (85% of the total) included in this collection are those published after the year 2000 indicating recency of the collection.

    The collection is accessible across SBP and its subsidiaries via IP authentication at the following URL:

    List of titles covered under the BusinessCore eBooks Collection can be downloaded from:

  • APR 01 2013

    Subscription of Emerald Management eJournals Database

    SBP Library has subscribed to Emerald Management eJournals -- a business research database of over 200 double-blind peer-reviewed journals providing comprehensive coverage across all management disciplines with archives dating back to 1994.

    The database can be accessed from any terminal connected to SBP country-wide network through IP authentication via

    To learn how to access electronic content over Emerald’s website, a 3 minutes demo is available at::

     For any further query, please contact Mr. Zia-ur-Rehman – Librarian at Ext: 3015 or email him at:

  • JUL 16 2012

    Visit OF US Consulate-Karachi Officials to SBP Library

    Ms. Shazia Ali – Director IRC, US Consulate, Karachi along with her colleague visited SBP Library on July 16, 2012. While leading the orientation tour, Mr. Bashir Ahmed Zia – Chief Librarian, SBP acquainted them with the library staff and briefed them about the organization and functions of different library sections. Visitors appreciated library staff for developing and maintaining such a wonderful collection of information resources and extending excellent knowledge support to users under the visionary leadership of the Chief Librarian. Possibilities of future collaborations for information exchange between SBP Library and US Consulate in Karachi were also discussed during the visit.

    Visit of US Consulate - Karachi Officials to SBP Library 

  • JUN 07 2012

    Subscription of eIFRS

    SBP Library has taken comprehensive subscription of eIFRS, which covers online access to:

    • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and International Accounting Standards (IASs) in HTML format
    • IFRSs and IASs in PDF format dating back to 1975
    • Subscriber-only previews of Near-final drafts of forthcoming standards and interpretations
    • Translated IFRSs, IASs and Interpretations in PDF format into Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, with other languages to follow.   [Note: There is usually a delay between the date an official pronouncement is issued by IASB or IFRIC and the date that the approved translation becomes available.]
    • International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) update and International Accounting Standards Boad (IASB) update newsletters
    • IFRS Foundation education material, including Summaries and Guides through the official text of each IFRS and IAS with hyperlinked cross-references and annotations, including relevant IFRIC agenda items;  
    • A powerful 'Search Standards' function allowing subscribers to search eIFRS by issue date and more.
    • IFRSs CD-ROM download (PC-Specific single user license)

    Please note that due to single user license, access to eIFRS resources is restricted to a designated public terminal placed at e-library corner. Persons interested in consulting eIFRS should check the availability of the terminal for use from Mr. Zia-ur-Rehman – Electronic Resources Librarian at Ext: 3015 prior to visiting the library.

  • MAY 31 2012

    Online Subscription of Oxford English Dictionary

    Taking into account the positive feedback of its valued members regarding institutional subscription of Oxford English Dictionary Online (OED Online) -- for which a one month trial was arranged during January/February 2012, SBP Library is pleased to finally announce the regular subscription of OED Online effective from June 01, 2012.

    Acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive record of English language in the world, OED Online not only presents the complete OED in its most recent version but also includes the Historical Thesaurus of the OED. It provides the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over 600,000 words and 3 million quotations—past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

    The OED website can be accessed within SBP and its subsidiary offices across the country via Since the site configuration has been set up through IP authentication, hence, does not require any IDs/Passwords to login. However, the persons desirous of consulting the site must be connected to SBP network and have internet access enabled.

    In case of any problems, assistance can be had from:

    Mr. Zia-ur-Rehman
    Electronic Resources Librarian
    Ext: 3015

  • MAR 02 2012

    First Formal Internship Program at SBP Library

    An 8-week internship program of SBP Library which started on January 9, 2012 was finally concluded on March 02, 2012. The program was aimed at promoting the soft image of SBP as an “enabling organization” among the students and to provide them with a practical learning opportunity that may help in their career development. Two students, namely: Mariam Noor and Safia Mustafa, from Department of Library & Information Science, University of Karachi attended the internship. The interns were given hands on experience of performing all library operations ranging from acquisitions through technical processing to reader services. At the end, certificates were awarded to the interns for successful completion of the internship.

    Photograph Taken on the Conclusion of First Internship Program at SBP Library

  • FEB 21 2012

    Library Day Celebrations

    To foster reading habit among students, Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) directed all its affiliated higher secondary schools and colleges to celebrate Library Day every year on February 21.

     Students Visit of SMB Fatima Jinah Girls Degree College Nishtar Road, Karachi to SBP Library

     Students Visit of SMB Fatima Jinah Girls Degree College Nishtar Road, Karachi to SBP Library

    In this connection, the management of S.M.B. Fatima Jinnah Govt. Girls Degree College, Nishter Road, Karachi arranged a visit of their Library Science faculty and students to SBP Library. The visitors were given thorough orientation of the library functions, got acquainted with the library staff and briefed about the resources, services and policies of SBP Library. The college Principal on behalf of all visitors thanked SBP Library staff for hosting the event and appreciated their knowledge promotion endeavors especially for the general public through external membership program. 

  • JAN 16 2012

    Trial Access to Oxford Scholarship Online

    SBP Library is considering subscribing to Oxford Scholarship Online – a vast and rapidly expanding cross-searchable library which offers quick and easy access to the full text of over 6,500 of the very best scholarly Oxford books in Biology, Business and Management, Classical Studies, Economics and Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Palliative Care, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Religion and Social Work.

    For evaluation purposes, a one month trial access of the following subject collections has been arranged:

    1. Business & Management (234 books)
    2. Economics & Finance (437 books)

    The trial will remain active until 11th February 2012 on SBP network through IP authentication. Please spare some time to review these collections and let us know if you consider these worthwhile to subscribe.

    For any queries/comments, please contact:

    Mr. Zia-ur-Rehman
    Ext: 3015

  • JAN 16 2012

    Online Trial Access to Oxford Journals

    SBP Library has taken one month’s trial access to the following Oxford Journals with full-text archives dating back to 1996 (where available):

    1. American Journal of Agricultural Economics
    2. American Law and Economics Review
    3. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy
    4. Cambridge Journal of Economics
    5. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society
    6. Capital Markets Law Journal
    7. CESifo Economic Studies
    8. Contributions to Political Economy
    9. European Review of Agricultural Economics
    10. European Review of Economic History
    11. IMA Journal of Management Mathematics
    12. Industrial and Corporate Change
    13. Journal of African Economies
    14. Journal of Competition Law & Economics
    15. Journal of Economic Geography
    16. Journal of European Competition Law & Practice
    17. Journal of Financial Econometrics
    18. Journal of International Economic Law
    19. Oxford Economic Papers
    20. Oxford Review of Economic Policy
    21. Review of Asset Pricing Studies
    22. Review of Corporate Finance Studies
    23. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy
    24. Review of Finance
    25. Socio-Economic Review
    26. The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization
    27. The Quarterly Journal of Economics
    28. The Review of Economic Studies
    29. The Review of Financial Studies
    30. The World Bank Economic Review
    31. The World Bank Research Observer
    32. Trusts & Trustees

    The trial will remain active until 15th February, 2012 on SBP network through IP authentication. You are requested to help us make the subscription decision by reviewing the contents of journals and thereby suggesting which titles need to be subscribed or dropped otherwise. The titles listed above mostly come from the Economics collection. However, you may recommend journals of your choice from other disciplines as well. A full list of oxford journals is available for review at:

    For any queries/comments, please contact:

    Mr. Zia-ur-Rehman
    Ext: 3015

  • JAN 12 2012

    Trial Access to Oxford English Dictionary Online

    In consideration of subscribing to Oxford English Dictionary Online (OED Online), SBP Library has arranged its one month’s trial access for evaluation purposes. The trial will remain active on SBP network until 11th February 2012 through IP authentication. The subscription decision will be based upon user’s recommendations and the usage statistics during the trial period.

    Acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive record of English language in the world, OED Online not only presents the complete OED in its most recent version—including all work to date on the 3rd edition but also includes the Historical Thesaurus of the OED. It provides the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words and 3 million quotations—past and present—from across the English-speaking world.

    The dictionary can be accessed at:

    Please spare some time to browse the online dictionary and let us know your feedback of how vital you consider this resource for regular subscription.

    For queries/comments, please contact:

    Ext: 3015

  • JUL 30 2011

    Library Timings During the Holy Month of Ramazan-ul-Mubarak

    The following timings shall be observed by the SBP Library during the Holy month of Ramazan-ul-Mubarak 1432 H:

    Monday through Saturday (Except Friday):          08:30 to 15:45 Hours

    Friday:                                                               8:30 to 12:30 Hours

    The above timings will automatically revert back to pre- Ramzan-ul Mubarak timings after Eid-ul-Fitr.