Library collection includes books, journals, reference works and non-print materials in the library. Most of the collection items are available for circulation, that is, authorised library members may borrow these items for a specified period (see Lending Policies). A few items in the collection may only be used in the library, that is, they are not available for circulation. This is to ensure that the limited number of items in the reference section will be available to as many users as possible.
AKU-IED, Pakistan has over 34,000 books for circulation to members for a period specified in the lending policies. The online public access catalogue called SAFARI, which lists all items available in the library, can be searched by author, title, subject, or call number of the book.
This section contains dictionaries, encyclopaedias, handbooks, yearbooks, and directories of education. Activity files in subject areas such as Science, English, and Mathematics are also available in this section. Some material in high demand is not available for circulation and can be used in the library.
The library subscribes to 66 professional and scholarly journals from all over the world on education, Science, Mathematics, English and Social Studies teaching. The most recent issues of journals are placed on the current journal display shelves and back issues are placed under current journals. Bound volumes of back issues are housed separately. The contents pages of all subscribed journals are indexed and available on the online catalogue. Current journals' contents pages can be viewed on Intranet (http://akuied/).
The library stocks reports from the Ministry of Education, Pakistan, UNESCO, UNICEF, Bernard Van Leer Foundation, World Bank, as well as MEd and PhD dissertations. These dissertations are housed separately and arranged by their reference number. Reports and dissertations are for reference only (list available on the online catalogue).
This section includes over 400 audio and video cassettes covering various aspects of teaching and learning, as well as a collection of educational CDs. Items in this section can be issued on production of a Library Membership Card. The list of items in this section is available on the online catalogue.
Newsletters, chronicles, brochures and university prospectuses received by the library are displayed in the general magazines section. The library is on the mailing list of several international associations and organizations. It also has institutional membership of various educational associations.