Rare Books and Manuscripts Library

Rare Books and Manuscripts Library




The Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) is Balochistan Archives' principal repository for primary source books and printed material collections. The range of collections in RBML spans about 150 years and comprises rare printed works and manuscripts. There are some 3,700 printed volumes including books, reports, and diaries that have been properly catalogued and are available for reference. Another 2,500 volumes are being classified and repaired and will be added to the library once essential repairs are carried out. Most of these books were originally part of the Library of the Agent to the Governor General in Baluchistan whereas others have been acquired from the old Balochistan Secretariat Library. These books cover a wide variety of subjects and contain unique source materials on colonial Balochistan and British India as well as countries adjoining British India such as Persia, Afghanistan, and the Persian Gulf. Some examples of the holdings of the RBML are as follows.



  • Gazetteer of Baluchistan (Original Volumes with General Index, Maps, and Statistical Indices)
  • Imperial Gazetteer of India Provincial Series
  • Census of India 1892-1941 (Complete Sets including Baluchistan)
  • Secret Diaries of Kalat, Peshawar, Khyber, Kandhar, Kabul, Herat, and Persia.
  • Settlement Reports of various districts of Balochistan and British India
  • Encyclopedia Britannica 1898 Edition
  • Linguistic Survey of India
  • Ethnic Groups and Ethnology of India
  • Historian's History of the World
  • Memoranda on Native States of India
  • All Pakistan Legal Digest (PLD)