British Embassy Supports Harare City Library

British Ambassador Deborah Bronnert today handed over to the Harare City Library Board, $20,000 from a fundraising dinner held at her Residence in March and library books valued at $1500 from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund in order to help renovate the library to benefit ordinary Zimbabweans.

Over the last ten years the Harare City Library has fallen into a state of disrepair with the roof leaking, books needing replacement, shelves and plumbing needing repair and the need for internet installation.

In her remarks at the Harare City Library, Ambassador Bronnert said “Libraries are tremendously important in all communities and I am delighted that we have been able to make a contribution towards restoring the Harare City library, which should be a centre of learning and literacy. I want to thank everyone who supported the fundraising and look forward to continuing to support this very worthwhile cause.”

The Harare City Library was established in 1902 as the Queen Victoria Memorial Library which was moved to the award winning building in Rotten Row in 1960. The building was awarded a Royal Institute of British Architects medal as one of the best designed buildings in Southern Africa between 1949 and 1962, being one of only 3 medals ever awarded in the whole of Africa.

Harare City Library is one of three institutions in the country targeted to benefit from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne.

The British Embassy continues to partner with the Harare City Library and has scheduled another fundraising event for the library (A Night At The Opera) on 21 and 22 September at the Ambassador’s residence.

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