New Nakuru library opens its doors!

As a provincial library, Nakuru library was initially set up to cater for the needs of the expansive Rift Valley province. According to the 2009 census, Nakuru County has a population of 1,603,325 and is expected to continue growing as more and more people migrate into the county in search of arable land and to exploit the business opportunities available in the region. Nakuru town is the fourth largest urban centre in Kenya after Nairobi Mombasa and Kisumu with an estimated population of over 500,000 people.

The library catchment area covers Nakuru town, Njoro-Mau Summit, Kuresoi, Subukia-Nyahururu, and Marigat-Eldama Ravine regions. As the main business hub for the region, Nakuru has experienced significant growth in both the business and education sector where almost every public university has established a satellite campus in the town. While this provides a ready market for the library, it also poses capacity challenges as the current library is inadequate to cater for this large population. Within Nakuru Municipality, the library serves 26 primary schools, 18 Secondary schools, over 20 colleges and higher learning institutions, health facilities, banks and Non-governmental organizations.

In 1995, the Municipal Council of Nakuru allocated a plot to the knls board for the construction of a modern library and construction work begun in 2007. The new library, sitting on a plot measuring 0.3798 hectares, is located behind Christ the King Cathedral off Moses Mudavadi Road. It is located in close proximity to the Central Business District and is accessible through either Moi or West roads.

The new modern library will significantly contribute to improving transforming the lives of Nakuru residents not only in the area of formal education but also in sectors such as agriculture and health where residents will now be able to access relevant information to improve farming productivity and also better manage their health. Internally, the library will help raise the profile of knls as a relevant information service provider that proactively responds to the needs of its stakeholders.

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