The Kenya National Library Services (KNLS) has unveiled Africa’s first-ever virtual library that will house an impressive collection of over 200,000 digitalized reading materials, including books, periodicals, research papers, and government publications.
Accessible from any internet-connected device worldwide, this platform aims to foster a reading culture, enhance knowledge, creativity, and skills across various fields, and contribute to the improvement of the education sector, particularly the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
During the launch event at the Maktaba Kuu ,Nairobi, Ababu Namwamba, the Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports, and Arts, highlighted the significance of this Ksh.250 million initiative.
Cs Namwamba emphasized that the virtual library eliminates concerns about the age or scarcity of publications, as they are now securely preserved and easily accessible.
He further stated that the library system will offer cloud-based services to other government ministries, departments, and agencies, aligning with the digitalization of government services and the goal of facilitating information accessibility.
Robert Theuri Maina, the Chairperson of the KNLS Board, emphasized the role of information access in empowering citizens to participate in governance and legal processes.
He regarded libraries as invaluable resources and strategic assets that contribute to improving governance practices.
The KNLS virtual library offers a diverse range of resources and requires a nominal daily membership fee of Ksh.20, or alternatively, weekly (Ksh.100), monthly (Ksh.500), bi-annual (Ksh.1500), or annual (Ksh.2500) membership plans, all payable through wireless payment platforms.
While reading a speech from President William Ruto, Ababu made the announcement that July 12 would henceforth be observed as National Reading Day.