Libraries for Development

This is a cooperation between Namibia, Finnish and Tanzanian libraries. The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has allocated development funds for the Finnish Library Association for the years 2012 – 2014. The funds are meant to support development cooperation with Namibian and Tanzanian libraries. In the initial phase 20 libraries from Namibia and 2 from Tanzania are involved.

This project is part of the poverty reduction strategies of the partner countries in accordance with the United Nations Millennium development goals. The immediate objectives of the project are:

  • Supporting the capacity building of the personnel of libraries in ICT and information search skills. This aims at bridging the digital divide at grassroots level.
  • Cooperating with a number of NGOs, in particular with organisations of women and small-scale entrepreneurs.
  • Improving distance learning possibilities for out of school youths.
  • Establishing health corners at libraries
  • Organising ICT and information search training sessions for subsistence farmers.
  • Promoting literacy by cooperating with literacy classes.

The project was officially launched in October 2012 by the late minister of education Dr Abraham Iyambo in Windhoek.

The target groups for training are; general public, out-of-school and unemployed youth, SMEs, health workers and farmers.
Those who are interested in this training should contact their nearest community public library.

Training Statistics for 2012 – 2014

Library Staff
Community members
People from special groups
Training Sessions

The free training takes place at the following libraries

Library Street Address Postal Address Phone Number
WINDHOEK PUBLIC LIBRARY Luderitz Street, next to High Court Private Bag 13183 Windhoek 061-224163
GREENWELL MATONGO COMMUNITY LIBRARY In the same building as the Greenwell Community Centre (next to the Police Sub Station) Private Bag 13236 Windhoek
ROSSING COMMUNITY KATUTURA Corner of Rama and Clemence Kapuuo Street, Erf no: 1518 Private Bag 13236 Windhoek 061-263599
GOCHAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY Next to Stoney” Hotel P.O.Box 83 Gochas 063-250051
REHOBOTH COMMUNITY LIBRARY Micheal Diergaart Street P.O.Box 4567 Rehoboth 062-522525
MARIENTAL COMMUNITY LIRARY Wolf Aard Street P.O.Box 32 Mariental 063-240694
ARANOS COMMUNITY LIBRARY Aranos town – next to Salomon Primary School & Aranos Primary School (on top of the hill) P.O.Box 22 Aranos (Box is closed) 063-272130
MALTAHOHE COMMUNITY LIBRARY ERF 361Andrew Ville, School Street. In the same compound with Daweb Combined School P.O.Box 11 Malthahohe 063-293176
LUDERITZ COMMUNITY LIBRARY Ring Street P.O.Box 34 Luderitz 063-202444
WARMBAD COMMUNITY LIBRARY De Villiers Street P.O.Box 30 Warmbad 063-269103
KEETMANSHOOP COMMUNITY LIBRARY Hampie Plighter Street, next to P.K. De Villiers Secondary School P.O.Box 1309 Keetmanshoop 063-227022
BETHANIE COMMUNITY LIBRARY Next to Hendrick Fredrick Traditional Authority House P.O.Box 95 Bethanie 063-283146
Library Street Address Postal Address Phone Number
OTJIWARONGO COMMUNITY LIBRARY Sonweg Erf no 18 Private Bag 2618 Otjiwarongo 067-303278
OKAHANDJA COMMUNITY LIBRARY Bruno Templin Street / Khimemua Ave, next to J.G. van Der Wath  Secondary School P.O.Box 64 Okahandja 062-501767
AUALA COMMUNITY LIBRARY On the main road to Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital, opposite Oniipa ELCIN Guest House Private Bag 2018 Ondangwa 065-248219
OMUTHIYA COMMUNITY LIBRARY In the same building with the Omuthiya Youth Centre Private Bag 2028 Ondangwa 065-244198
KATIMA MULILO COMMUNITY LIBRARY Hage Geingob Street Private Bag 5006 Katima Mulilo 066-252341 (0814860867)
OHANGWENA COMMUNITY LIBRARY On the main road to Oukwanyama Palace, Helao Nafidi Private Bag 88005 Eenhana 065-260153
EENHANA COMMUNITY LIBRARY Dimo Haambo, Multi Purpose Youth Centre Private Bag 88005 Eenhana 065-263167
SWAKOPMUND COMMUNITY .LIBRARY Bismark Street Woermann house Private Bag 5014 Swakopmund 064-405837
HENTIESBAY COMMUNITY LIBRARY Jakkals Pit Erf 1497, in front of FNB building P.O.Box 165 Hentiesbay 064-500467
OMARURU COMMUNITY LIBRARY Willem Zeraeua Street Erf 233 P.O.Box 21 Omaruru 064-570057
RUNDU COMMUNITY LIBRARY Markus Siwarongo Private Bag 2134 Rundu 066-255269
OSHAKATI COMMUNITY LIBRARY Behind shoprite at Yetu Complex Private Bag 2251 Oshakati 065-221564
OUTAPI COMMUNITY LIBRARY Isaak Pondo Street, Youth Centre building P.O.Box 197 Outapi 065-251633
OKAHAO COMMUNITY LIBRARY Main Road of Okahao Town Private Bag 502 Okahao 065-252550
GOBABIS COMMUNITY LIBRARY On the same road to Legare Stadium P.O.Box 48 Gobabis 062-562532