Bulawayo library facing closure

The city’s library, one of the oldest and most popular public libraries in the country, has fallen on hard times. With not enough money to operate, the Main Street building now faces closure.

Joseph Sigoba, who chairs the committee that runs the library, told The Zimbabwean that the institution urgently needed money for renovations, salaries, two mobile library buses and to pay for day-to-day operations.

“The future of the library is in jeopardy. We are facing serious funding challenges. Our major sources of funding have been dwindling due to economic hardships,” said Sigoba.

Sigoba also said lack of funds had led to the library stopping projects such as computerisation and construction of a new contemporary literature section.

The library has been surviving on membership subscriptions and a small grant from the Bulawayo city council following government’s withdrawal of finance several years ago. The library, which opened in 1897, has 10,000 members.

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