In 1946, founder Haji Sardar Muhammad opened a retail bookshop in Jalandhar, India. After the partition, he left everything behind and migrated to Pakistan. In 1948, along with his brothers, Ata Muhammad and Iqbal Muhammad, he opened a retail shop of second hand books in Urdu Bazar, Lahore. In 1950, Ilmi Kitab Khana started publishing academic books, and quickly became the national leader in publishing for intermediate to Masters courses. Soon after, the company established its imprints, Markazi Kutab Khana and Pakistan Law Times (P.L.T.).

Over the years, the organisation has continued to expand into the new markets and currently has publications in subject areas of sciences, arts, engineering, technical, law and medical.The company also has publications specifically for competitive examinations (entry tests, CSS, PMS, IELTS, GRE and TOEFL). Today, Ilmi Kitab Khana is a leading name in the education sector and despite having a long history, the company’s focus has remained the same since its inception; providing quality education to the students and teachers.