Public Libraries in South Africa
Libraries in Africa are essential to societal advancements and, by bridging the digital divide, also serve as links with the developed world. The Corporation has contributed to building model public libraries in South Africa on a cost-sharing basis with local governments and stakeholders. Corporation grants have funded material collection, training programs, and a range of community services, raising the bar for public library standards throughout the country. To reach as many communities as possible, the Corporation has worked with priority national, model, and special public libraries including: the National Library of South Africa in Pretoria, the Bessie Head Legal Deposit Library in the Msunduzi Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal, the Cape Town City Library, the Johannesburg City Library, two Khayelitsha Township Libraries in Cape Town, and the eThekwini Municipal Library in Durban.
As the African Public Libraries Program concludes with fiscal year 2012 grants, the objectives will be to complete the construction of model public libraries in South Africa and the training programs for librarians. The Corporation’s work in building academic libraries and universities-based research commons will also be completed with final grants.