By NAKUBIANA SHABONGO –
THE Lusaka City Council (LCC) has embarked on a book re-stocking exercise and renovations of its four libraries with the aim of bringing them to modern standards besides increasing the patronage.
The City Library at the junction of Cha Cha Cha and Katondo roads recently received a donation of 4,000 books from the Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies (ZCAS) and another consignment of 800 books from its traditional partner, Book Aid International from the United Kingdom (UK) as part of its restocking programme.
Lusaka City Council assistant public relations manager, Brenda Katongola disclosed that the council had also installed a computerised book security system to monitor the handling of materials in the libraries.
“We have started a re-stocking exercise of all the four libraries in the city. We are also carrying out renovations of the libraries in Lusaka which are currently in a bad shape.
“This is being done with the view of bringing them to modern standards,” Ms Katongola said.
The four libraries are City Library in the central business district, Chilenje, Mtendere and Matero.
She said LCC intended to purchase 150 latest books from local publishers and hoped to buy the remaining targeted 4, 000 books with the help of cooperating partners.
Ms Katongola, however, complained that the council was facing challenges with resources and equipment such as furniture and computers.
She appealed to the corporate world to emulate ZCAS, Book Aid International and ‘Save Our City’ and partner with it to bring the libraries to acceptable standards.
She said Chilenje Library, like those in Mtendere and Matero, had run down infrastructure with leaking roofs apart from inadequate furniture.
She said at the Mtendere Library, a boundary fence was being put up using the Constituency Development Fund.
“Stanbic Bank, through its corporate social responsibility programme, has come on board and has offered to repair the roof, to do landscaping and buy furniture next month.
“In Matero, the constituency office is helping with the wall fence because of security concerns. The one doing well at the moment is the City Library because it is well stocked and the patronage has since increased,” Ms Katongola said.