Transformation of public libraries in Kenya
New EIFL resource tells how six years of partnership with Kenya National Library Service helped transform public libraries in Kenya

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Cover photo, EIFL's case study about the transformation of public libraries in Kenya. Photo provided by Kenya National Library Service.

In 2010, fewer than five of Kenya's network of 61 public libraries had internet connections or computers for public use.

Today, all 61 have 10 or more computers that are connected to the internet, and which are free for the public to use. The number of people using public libraries, and the diversity of services offered by public libraries, have both increased dramatically with the arrival of computers and the internet.

The EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) is proud to have been a partner with the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS), the body that develops and manages libraries in Kenya, on this remarkable journey. The partnership, over six years, includes research, advocacy, initiating and piloting innovative services and a major capacity building programme.

To celebrate the partnership and its achievements, we have published a case study, Transforming Public Libraries in Kenya, which tells how the partnership contributed to the transformation of public libraries in Kenya.

Read Transforming Public Libraries in Kenya.

Read about the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme.

I have witnessed massive transformation of public libraries in Kenya. In the past, they were seen as reading rooms. Today, they are spaces offering free access to ICT and many different opportunities. EIFL has been with us all the way on this incredible journey.
Richard Atuti, Director, Kenya National Library Service