UNESCO Education UIL

Kenya National Library Service (KNLS), Kenya

The Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) is a corporate body of the Kenyan government with a mandate to "promote, establish, equip, manage, maintain and develop libraries in Kenya". In its service provision, KNLS plays a dual role of Public library and National library of Kenya. The public library services are available in their 61 branches throughout Kenya, while the national library services are available at the headquarters in Nairobi. Through various reading campaigns, KNLS has provided opportunities for communities to enhance their reading and information seeking habits, and therefore sustain literacy. KNLS promotes reading by providing access to relevant reading materials to all communities. By playing a major role in stimulating public interest in books and in promoting reading for knowledge, information and enjoyment, the KNLS is indeed a "people's university." The KNLS provides resources in electronic and print format and reading spaces to its clients throughout the country.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Adult literacy , Basic education, Culture, Early childhood education, Education, Lifelong learning, Literacy

User Profile:

General public

Contact Information

Address:

Kenya National Library Service (KNLS)
P.O. Box 30573 - 00100
Kenya

Phone:
+254 20 77867 10
Fax:
+254 202721749
Contact person:
Richard Atuti

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
1965
Parent Organisation:
Government of Kenya
Director:
Richard Atuti
Information staff:
650
Countries Served:
Kenya
Working Languages:
English

Collection

Books and Documents:
1,4 million
Documents online:
yes
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
yes
Multimedia materials:
yes
Annual growth of Collection:
stable

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
AACR2
Classification System
DDC
Database Software
AMLIB

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Books and ICT

Publications Produced

Kenya Bibliography

Special Activities

Needy people in the community

Networking

Library consortium

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Demand for current and updated materials.
Budgetary and space constraints.

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Joining library consortium.
More partnerships with like minded organizations.
Lobbying for more government funding.