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Mubende Community Library in Ruins

Despite the conducive location and the demand for library services in Mubende, the facility is in ruins. The roof of the library was blown off by strong winds in 2016.
Mubende public library in ruins.

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Mubende Community library is in ruins. The Library was built in 1970 to serve students from low-income families or poorly facilitated schools.

It was a major study and resource centre for students and teachers.

Despite the conducive location and the demand for library services in Mubende, the facility is in ruins and not in use.

The roof of the library was blown off by strong winds in 2016.

Cissy Tumwebaze, the library assistant says that they have written to Mubende Municipal council authorities and the National Library of Uganda seeking for support, in vain.

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Tumwebaze says that before the library closed operations in 2016, more than 100 visitors would use the facility daily. She adds the library had 1578 books which are now piled in one of the rooms of the library.

Jorum Katungi, English teacher, says the library was so important to schools and students in the municipality.

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Katungi adds the library had started organizing book reading sessions for the primary and secondary students to promote the reading culture. 

Tumwebaze wants well-wishers in Mubende and beyond to offer financial support and renovate the library.

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Frank Mpewo, the Mubende Municipal deputy town clerk, says that 50 million shillings was allocated for renovation of the library in the 2018/19 financial year budget. However, he says it is inadequate to address the needs of the library. 

There are currently 32 public libraries across the country. However, they are all face challenges such as limited space, inadequate funding and lack of computers and Internet services.