Digital Library

Digital Library Ali Institute of Education


1.Databases/E- Journals

You will find some of the major Open Access collections available on the web, free of cost.


Open-access literature is digital literature that is available on the web, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Committing to open access requires dispensing with the financial, technical and legal barriers that are designed to limit access to scientific research articles to paying customers. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

Free Online Journals/Databases

The International Journal of Environmental and Science Education (IJESE) publishes original research from throughout the world dealing with environmental education and science education. It publishes articles on psychological, sociological, economic and organisational aspects of environment and science education, as well as evaluation studies of curriculum development in these fields. Its main aim is to allow specialists working in these areas the opportunity of publishing their findings for the benefit of institutions, teachers, and students. It is hoped that the journal will encourage high quality research that will lead to more effective practices, behaviours and curricula in environment and science education. The journal is published quarterly.

Pakistan Research Repository

Pakistan Research Repository is a project of the Higher Education Commission to promote the international visibility of research originating out of institutes of higher education in Pakistan. The aim of this service is to maintain a digital archive of all PhD theses produced indigenously to promote the intellectual output of Pakistani institutions. It provides a free, single-entry access point to view the manuscript of research executed, and distribute this information as widely as possible. The repository which is currently being populated with content has already made the full-text of PhD theses available in high-quality digitised formats, whilst further theses are in process of digitisation. The Higher Education Commission has introduced a systematic mechanism for the collection and digitisation of all the theses produced so far in Pakistan


This is a leading electronic archive of self-archive papers in any area of psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics, and areas of computer science, philosophy, biology, the physical, social and mathematical sciences that are pertinent to the study of cognition.

Behavioural and Brain Sciences 

A totally open archive journal where users can submit papers, commentaries, responses and search the archive for papers in all fields of the Brain/Behavioural Sciences. Access to all articles is free to all users.

New Journal of Physics 

New Journal of Physics is co-owned by the Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft, and is supported by a growing number of physical societies around the world. NJP is available without charge to readers and is funded by article charges from authors of published papers.


The UNESCO catalog lists over 100,000 UNESCO documents and provides access to the full text of many of these.

International Journal of Molecular Sciences 

Provides an advanced forum for chemistry, molecular physics (chemical physics and physical chemistry) and molecular biology. Publishes reviews, regular research papers and short notes. Encourages scientists to publish their theoretical and experimental details in as much detail as possible - there is no restriction on the length of the papers. Free to access to all users in its electronic format.

Documenta Mathematica 

SPARC partner mathematics journal co-hosted between the University of Beielefeld in Germany and The University of Urbana in the US. (For more details about SPARC, please see below). All articles are free to access for all users. 


E-Books available on the web without any subscription. There is no IP restriction to access these e-books


Note: Many books in the public domain may be accessed here, as well as some other books under specified conditions. However we cannot legally offer access to any copyrighted titles unless the publisher or copyright owner has so permitted. 

 Free books in English

Free books in Urdu

  3.E- Libraries

The material available in these libraries is free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. 


 E-libraries are libraries that consist only of resources available in a digital format, which can be accessed locally or via the internet. This is the directory of most e-books available on the internet. You can quickly find the e-book of your interest on this site. 




Library Collection

Library Collection

The library has acquired and developed a variety of resources to support the teaching and research programmes offered at Ali Institute of Education. The resources are well organised and easily accessible, arranged into various sections according to the specific nature of the material and the requirements of the users:

General Collection

This is the main collection, comprised of high quality selected essential texts with regular additions of new books. This collection is organised according to the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme and shelved subject-wise accessing to Classification No (000-999) pasted on the spine of each item.

Reference Collection

This Collection is housed near the circulation desk and consists of the latest dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias, yearbooks, atlases etc. These books can be consulted in the library and cannot be checked out.

Text Books Collection

The text books, frequently used in classroom study and teaching practice, are grouped into a short term loan collection designated as the ‘text books collection’.

Research Material Collection

To accommodate the research needs of our users, the AIE library also collects research reports from prestigious national and international organisations. These publications are placed together in the research material collection.

Government Documents

The library continually acquires government documents relating to the study and research needs of our users. These documents throw light on the government of Pakistan's plans and policies for education and provide useful statistics/ data for researchers.

Pamphlet Collection

In the AIE library we maintain publications consisting of a few pages which are placed in pamphlet files. These are arranged subject-wise and are easily accessible.  

Curriculum Resource Corner

Materials which have direct application in the classroom are grouped in this section.

Children’s Books

Different types of children’s story books are placed in this section.

South Asian Material

Books about south Asian countries are placed separately in this section.

Periodicals Collection

The library subscribes to foreign and national journals, magazines and periodicals. The current issues of all these periodicals are displayed on the magazine rack. Back issues are also available.

Library Timings

The AIE library is a resource centre which the students must learn to use if they are to make the best of the programme, and ultimately their careers.  The library remains open from 8.00am to 6.00pm every working day and on Saturdays by request. It also has two seminar rooms for discussions and one large classroom for teaching practice or group work.