HEC to provide free access to digital library
By Farhan Zafar
KARACHI: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has formally launched its unique Digital Library program to provide students, faculty members and researchers free access to over 25,000 international journals and 45,000 textbooks anywhere in the country.
Former HEC Chairman Prof. Dr Attaur Rehman informed the vice chancellors of various universities about the digital library program through a letter.
The program was initiated in 2004 to promote productive research in the country. Some 300 universities, public and private, and research institutes benefit from this program.
The library resources provide current and previous volumes of more than 25,000 research journals including IEEE, ACME, EBSCO, Emerald, Elsevier, JSTOR and Balckwell Synergy to name a few.
In four years, over five million articles have been downloaded, resulting in increased research output in the country.
Before the formal launch, these resources were available through universities’ local networks. A little configuration will be required to expand the existing networking setup. Students can now access all kinds of research journals from the comfort of there homes once they are linked to the HEC network.