As gateways to knowledge and culture, libraries play a fundamental role in society. In a world without libraries, it would be difficult to advance research and human knowledge or preserve the world’s cumulative knowledge and heritage for future generations. In this article, we list the 10 most wonderful libraries in Africa.
1. National Library of South Africa
The National Library of South Africa, located in Tshwane, was founded in 1887 and functions as a public resource centre, an archive and an advocacy and development institution under the National Department of Arts and Culture.
2. Kenyatta University Library, Kenya
Kenyatta University Post Modern Library is the Largest library in Kenya, East Africa and in the top ten list in Africa. Kenyatta University is located a few kilometres from Nairobi on the Thika Superhighway past Githurai and Kahawa.
3. Library of Alexandria
Library of Alexandria, the most famous libary of Classical antiquity. It formed part of the research institute at Alexandria in Egypt that is known as the Museum, or the Alexandrian Museum.
4. CL Marais Library, South Africa
The CL Marais Library is located on Stellenbosch University’s main campus. The CL Marais was the first library building erected on Stellenbosch University’s campus thanks to a generous donation from a benefactor, Mr CL Marais. Construction on the library started in 1900 and was completed in 1901.
5. Balme Library, Ghana
The Balme Library established in 1948 is located on the main campus of the University of Ghana.
6. Port Elizabeth Main Library, South Africa
The splendid old Port Elizabeth Main Library is situated in the North-Western corner of Market Square. The first building on the site was constructed in 1835 and was initially used as a courthouse from 1854.
7. Keren Public Library, State of Eritrea
This lovely building is just one of the many libraries that have benefited thanks to donors from all over the world who work with groups like Book Aid International to donate money, computers and books to those who need them most.
8. October 6 University Library, Egypt
October 6 University (O6U) is a private university in Egypt. It was established by the Republican Decree no (243) in 1996. O6U is located in the 6th of October City, 32 km from downtown Cairo.
9. Misr University for Science and Technology Library, Egypt
The Misr University for Science and Technology Library in Egypt exhibits a unique and modern design with up-to-date facilities. The skylights in the building are shaped like pyramids, combining a subtle touch of Egyptian history with modern technology and science.
10. Saint Catherine’s Monastery Library, Egypt
The monastery library preserves the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts in the world, outnumbered only by the Vatican Library. It contains Greek, Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Hebrew, Georgian, and Aramaic texts.