Buruburu library is one of the many branch libraries of Kenya National Library Service Board. It was opened to public on 21st February 2011 under the mandate given through an Act of Parliament Cap 225.
Buruburu Library located within Buruburu estate in Eastlands area of Nairobi is a state of the art facility that is purposely built to meet the current global demands in regard to access, use and dissemination of information. It is a four (4) storey building constructed in a 0.6 Ha plot with a sitting capacity of six hundred (600) persons. It has the following main sections: Adult, Teenage, Children, Cyber Café, E-resource and Short loan/Reference. The building is served by stairs, a lift and a ramp; for the physically challenged persons. Signages are installed in appropriate positions to guide the users to the different sections within the library, there are also individual shelf guides to facilitate access to information materials.
Buruburu library serves the public within and around Eastlands area whose population is estimated at 1.5 million. It comprises of estates such as Buruburu, Kariobangi, Dandora, Kayole, Doonholm, Tena, Umoja, Outer-ring, Uhuru, Makadara, East-Leigh, Kamukunji, Mbotela, Majengo, Maringo etc.
Buruburu library currently houses a stock of 60,000 (sixty thousand) books on the shelves.
We currently provide the public with the following services in line with the Board’s Policy:-
i. Adult, Junior and Institutional lending
iii. Selective Dissemination of Information Services
iv. Internet and Reprographic services
v. Inter library lending
vi. User education
vii. Consultancy services
viii. Advisory library services
ix. Wireless connection (Wi-Fi)
x. JAWS software for Visually Impaired Persons (VIP)
xi. Practical training for students on attachment (Library based)
xii. Computer programs for children
xiii. HIV/AIDS information dissemination
xiv. Conducive environment for reading and study plus ample space.
xv. Conference facilities
xvi. Online databases (OPAC)
xvii. Access to E-resources
xviii. National Farmers Information System Access (NAFIS)
The library has 99% professional staff who apart from professional skills, have undergone several courses through seminars and workshops to improve their work performance. All possess basic computer knowledge and have been trained on the use of AMLIB; that is an Integrated Library Management Software (ILMS). Personal Relations, Communication Skills, Health & Safety, Monitoring & Evaluation and Management Courses are part of the training undertaken to develop staff.
CURRENCY, DIVERSITY AND RELEVANCE OF MATERIALS
All our information materials are current and relevant. This is due to user need assessment usually done prior to selection and acquisition of materials every financial year; these materials cover the whole universe of knowledge.
The availability of e-resources ensures that we provide up-to-date information. The annual budget allocation for books by knls Board enables the purchase and stocking of the right and diverse information resources.
INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY IN SERVICE PROVISION
i. Buruburu library has well designed areas for specific activities. In the children’s library there is a story telling corner complete with sofa set, carpet and a television set. There is also a corner for younger children where they play with toys and go through picture books with the assistance of their parents and librarians. This innovation is geared to relaxing the minds of the children as well as encouraging them to love books at a tender age and ultimately develop a reading culture.
ii. There is a Multi-media Section where children can access computers with educative software installed as well as programs for recreation and leisure.
iii. The Adult Section has a mini conference hall designed to be used by groups for discussions, lectures, shows, small seminars etc. This room is used for video shows especially set books for secondary schools.
iv. Educational DVDs are issued on request to be watched by users at their convenience.
v. Talks by motivational speakers to the youth.
vi. Health talks especially to the youth.
vii. Health Hub Section for health workers and related disciplines.
viii. Users can watch news and topical issues within the library or any other programs on television as they wish.
ix. A cultural corner for preservation and collection of indigenous artifacts, knowledge and content.
x. Users have adequate space and sources of electric power for their laptops and secluded carrels for privacy.
xi. The library book club is in place where registered pupils participate together with their parents on different library activities e.g. storytelling, open air reading, piano lessons, choreography; and general leisure activities.
xii. Library documentary and photo gallery are shown to users at the reception area.
xiii. Designing of user friendly need assessment card.
xiv. ‘Totos Corner’ for the very young children
APPLICATION OF MODERN TECHNOLOGIES
i. knls Web Site
ii. Use of ILMS Software (AMLIB) in library housekeeping work i.e. OPAC, Cataloguing, Circulation Work and Serial Control.
iii. Internet (other sites)
iv. Wireless connection (Wi-Fi) to users who come with their laptops
v. Linking our net-work with other libraries to share resources on-line
vi. Twitter screens; to communicate with users real-time
vii. Networking with other connected branch libraries
viii. Use of DSTV/GOTV in disseminating information to users
ix. Use of mobile phone to renew books
x. National Farmers Information Service (NAFIS); relaying of relevant information to farmers on-line and through mobile phones
COLLECTION, PRESERVATION AND DISSEMINATION OF LOCAL CONTENT
We have put in place a more comprehensive and working ‘Cultural Corner’ where we display books on Kenya and African Cultures, artifacts and realia towards preservation and dissemination of local and indigenous knowledge. This has been the major attraction to the library.
SERVICES TO MULTICULTURAL READERS AND PROMOTION OF WORKS BY KENYAN WRITERS
Buruburu library has created a hub for German information materials for multilingual users and students of Goethe Institut. We also have information in soft copy for French and German languages. Library also stocks information materials to do with French, Kiswahili, Arabic and other local languages.
The library has created a section for information materials by Kenyan and African writers i.e. ‘KENYANA and AFRICANA’. By creating this section, works by these writers has become more visible to actual and potential users.
Buruburu Library has been participating in LOYA Awards, one of the KLA sponsored activities for the last two years and emerged the Best Public Library Countrywide; in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
i. Goethe Institute
ii. CADET (Child Active Development Trust) – a local organization involved in prompting child rights.
iii. Slum CODE
v. Liver pool VCT
We endeavor to partner with many more stakeholders in future.
Our ultimate aim is to continue providing timely, relevant, diversified and accessible information services that consistently meet the need of our customers and even exceed their expectations.