Kenya National Library service (KNLS) Board is a statutory body of the Government of Kenya established by an Act of Parliament, Cap 225 of the Laws of Kenya in April 1965. The Board â€˜s mandate is to develop, promote, establish and equip libraries in Kenya. The State Corporations Act Cap 446 of the laws of Kenya also guides the Board in its operations.
The core functions of KNLS is to preserve and conserve the national imprint for reference and research and maintain the National Bibliographic Control through issuance of the ISBN, publication of the Kenya National Bibliography and Kenya Periodicals Directory. The vision of KNLS is to be the hub of Information and Knowledge for Empowerment and the mission is to enable access to information for knowledge and transformation of livelihoods. Their core values is that in all their dealings with clients, they will be passionate, innovative, customer focused and knowledge driven.
KNLS is located in Buru-Buru, Mumias road/ Ol Donyo Sabuk Road Junction behind Equity Bank and Safaricom Shop, Buruburu branch. The library is approximately 200 meters from Buruburu Shopping Centre. The library has serene reading environment with ultra-modern facilities and up to date books. The library is ideal for every reader since you will get kids play book to teenage section then general readers and also for tertiary education materials with good internet connection. The library is endowed with several sockets hence it will be easy for you to connect your laptop or iPad and read from there.
The library is open on Monday to Friday from 8am to 6:30pm. On Saturdays, the library is open from 8am to 5pm and closed on Sundays and public holidays. Entry fee is free for kids and Kshs. 20 per adult. For take away books, kids are charged Kshs. 10 per book and for adults Kshs. 20 per book. The library is mostly used by the residence of Buruburu Estate, Umoja, Donholm and the neighborhood estates. You will get people visiting the library to attend to their school assignments, revising for their examinations and others acquiring knowledge. The library is preferred for learning due to its conducive environment and accessibility of education resources and no interruptions.
Kenya National Library Head Office was temporarily moved to Buru-Buru to pave way for construction. The Headquarters will soon move to Community Nairobi once the construction is done.