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January 2021 edition

Celebrating Library Week in style

Advice and events

The City of Johannesburg will celebrate National Library Week in style this year with an extensively upgraded city library. After more than two years of renovations, the Johannesburg Library will open its doors just in time for National Library Week from 17 to 24 March.

The city, with the assistance of a donation from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, injected R68 million into the revamp. The library, which first opened its doors in 1935, now boasts 212 public access computers and wi-fi areas, a theatre, a music section, and upgraded electrical and air-conditioning systems, as well as a reading lounge. "We believe libraries are one of the key drivers of programmes that address the development of reading, literacy and information skills from early childhood through old age," said Johannesburg Mayor, Parks Tau.