The IBA Library prides itself on premium user-oriented services. Both campus libraries house diverse collections, provide state-of-the-art digital technologies to provide better access to information, offer educational programs and serve as primary academic support to the Institute. To maintain the sanctity of the library, patrons are expected to abide by the pre-set rules to help the library staff in creating an environment that is conducive to learning.

Library Conduct and general rules

These rules and policies have been designed to ensure a favorable learning environment and to provide equal opportunities for learning to our institutional community. Students are required to comply with the rules below to avoid any disciplinary action or penalties:

  1. The library is a quiet study place and students are advised to ensure the quietude of the space.
  2. Group study and/or discussions are allowed only in designated collaborative spaces.
  3. Cell phones must be set on silent mode before entering the library and no call should be received/placed within the library premises.
  4. Library items must be treated with utmost care. No library item must be marked, underlined, mutilated, torn or damaged.
  5. No change to the pre-set order of library furniture or other fixtures is permitted.
  6. Use the library coffee shop to consume food/beverages as food/drinks (except water) are prohibited inside the library.
  7. The reading materials taken from bookshelves of the library should be left on nearby tables/carts, whereas items taken from the library circulation counter should be returned back to the counter.
  8. Library staff reserves the right to inspect any material being taken in/from the library premises.
  9. Library privileges including membership may be denied to the patrons who violate/breach library rules and protocols or are otherwise guilty of misconduct.
  10. The library is not responsible for any loss or damages to your personal belongings.

Borrowing Rules

All IBA students currently enrolled in various undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs have the right to access library services, facilities, and resources. Borrowing privileges may vary depending on the type of borrower and the nature of the library material being borrowed.

Borrowers’ Category

No. of Books

Loan Period



14 Days



 14 Days

Postgraduate (PhD)


28 Days

Postgraduate Diploma


14 Days

  1. Any library material borrowed is subject to recall. Therefore, the loan period should not be considered as a legitimate right to retain the material till the due date.
  2. Books tagged as general stacks may be reissued [depending on the patron category and subsequent privileges], unless there is no request for hold or recall.
  3. Reference and reserved materials, journals, magazines, and newspapers can only be used within the library premises and cannot be borrowed.
  4. Student Research Outputs, which encompass MS, MBA, and EMBA Research Projects, Theses, and Dissertations, are strictly for archival and display purposes and can only be consulted within the library premises. However, MBA and EMBA research projects, being client-funded studies with certain confidentiality requirements, can only be accessed with the express approval of the Project Advisor or Project Supervisor.
  5. Students who do not return books on time will automatically lose the privilege of borrowing any more books from the library until all the borrowed items are returned or settled.
  6. Borrowing privileges may also be suspended for the students who have violated library rules.

Library Fines

Books or materials borrowed from the library must be returned on or before the due date and time, otherwise the following charges may apply:

  1. PKR.10 will be charged per day for each overdue item borrowed from General stacks.
  2. Course reserves (borrowed for 3 hours), accumulate Rs.50 per hour as late return charges.
  3. Reference and temporarily material borrowed for overnight would be charged PKR.50 per hour, maximum to Rs. 5,000 or the replacement cost of the item, whichever is higher.
  4. Replacement cost for the lost or damaged materials would be calculated as per the 'purchase cost' of an item by adding 50% of purchase cost as processing fee.
  5. Another original copy of the lost/damaged book/item may be accepted, provided it carries the same ISBN. 50% of the purchase cost would be charged as processing fee.
  6. Overdue fine will continue to accumulate on a daily/hourly basis on outstanding items until it is renewed, returned, or declared as lost either by the borrower or by the library.
  7. Any item being taken out of the library without being borrowed will be classified as 'item theft', and the violator will be charged Rs. 5000 (irreversible) as penalty.
  8. Students found violating or breaching library rules will be charged a disciplinary fine, as per the IBA Code of Conduct. The violation cases will also be sent to the "Student Conduct and IBA Standards Committee".