Libraries and Information

Libraries, like universities, are levers of change within societies. They serve a critical role in improving literacy levels, and act as information hubs — often providing a community’s only access to electronic communication. African libraries are generally given a low priority by governments and international funders and most have severely deteriorated infrastructure, stock and services. Reflecting the interests of Andrew Carnegie, the Corporation has been making major investments in sub-Saharan African libraries and our investments have leveraged other funding, including from governments, to rebuild public libraries in South Africa and to revitalize the libraries of several universities on the continent.