The Siaya Community Library

This is a small community library located in the heart of Syia. The building is very nicely kept. They have recently secured funding from a World Bank program and are in the process of building a much bigger library. The program will give them a a lot of new space where they plan to acquire more books and computers with internet access. Since the space is much bigger, they will need many books and many computers. The World Bank program does not take care of filling the library, so it will be important for the library staff to be proactive trying to obtain material to furnish the library space.

The Siaya Community Library R E P O R T    C A R D
In our network Yes
Library visited by our team Yes
Library visit date June 11, 2014
Library context This is a great example of a well functionning community library. It is obviously well managed with a competent and dedicated staff. We had no hesitation giving them their first computer with Internet connection.
This library needs:
(reviewed and approved by ATS)
The library needs books and computers, especially when the new library building is ready. This will likely happen before the end of 2014.

Library needs:
- Many books of all kinds
- Computers
Region Siaya, Kenya
Google maps link Locate on Google Maps (approx.)
Observations They reveive support from many organizations: USA-based NGO, American Friends of Kenya (AFK Inc.), and the World Bank.
Address Hospital road Kenya Commercial Bank Siaya , library is located between Siaya Post Office and KNUT building, opposite Ayot phamarcy Siaya town.
Postal address P.O.Box 453-40600 Siaya
Point of contact Mr. John Malamba
Website N/A - But alternative link can be found on donation page at: (Siaya community library)
Year founded 4th January 2012
Serving population The total population of community in Siaya County as at 2012 was estimated to be 885,762 persons comprising of 419,227 males and 466,535 female. With a growth rate of 1.7 per cent per annum, the population is projected to increase to 964,390 persons comprising of 456,441 males and 507,949 females by 2017.
Surface size (approx.) 675 m2
Access to electricity Yes
Number of visitors per day (approx.) 100 to 150 on holidays mostly April, August and December. During normal days it is 50 to 100.
Number of seats 16
Number of tables Three tables
Number of books 2,000
Internet Yes
by ATS
Wireless Internet available (Wifi) no
Internet speed n/a
Number of computers 1, from ATS
Services offered Currently we offer book borrowing and research assistance in library.
Support this library directly Please contact the library for more information on how to donate directly.
Additional supporting material N/A
SUPPORT PROVIDED BY ATS The library had no computer or Internet connectivity. The ATS team has provided their only computer, we also provided Internet connection for a few months (June 11, 2014).

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