Pakistan's National Digital Library Programme (NDLP) was introduced in 2003 as part of the Higher Education Commission's (HEC) mission to build and strengthen research culture in Pakistan. Since its inception, the NDLP has had an impressive impact on the country's research output and accessibility. One of the core functions of the HEC (established the preceding year) is strengthening both the science system and institutions of which it is comprised. The HEC's ICT strategy has been developed to provide the infrastructural backbone necessary for this. As an integral part of this process, the NDLP was designed in collaboration with phase one of INASP's Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI). Progress and achievements of the NDLP are outlined.