Resourceful libraries have long attracted knowledge-seekers and have played an important role in education and research. With the astonishing advances in science and technology, traditional libraries have not remained unaffected and the concept of digital library has emerged and caused a revolution in these old institutions. A digital library can provide access to many of the information networks around the world, which is a necessary component of almost any research experience today.
Considering the facilities associated with a digital library, gradual replacement of traditional libraries by digital ones appears to be inevitable. As an important step in enhancement of education in Afghanistan, the concept of digital libraries must be introduced and integrated into the country’s rapidly evolving educational system.
This thesis addresses the challenges existing in Afghanistan university libraries. A solution for each challenge is defined by introducing digital and automated systems and finally a scheme is provided for switching from a paper-based library system to a digital library system.