It is a little-known fact that the McMillan Memorial Library initially had four satellite branches; Kayole, Waithaka, Kaloleni and the Eastlands one in Makadara, and all flanked by the mothership on Banda street. Two of these branches (Waithaka and Kayole) have since been closed, and the other three are the main focus of our restoration work. Visit our Instagram page for a throwback to images from the library's opening in November 1969! 
The Eastlands Branch in Makadara is a stone throw away from neighbouring law courts and county offices. The area, Makadara, is now one of Nairobi City County's electoral constituencies, and the library branch here now shares a compound with the Makadara Huduma Centre, a public service hub.
This branch gets the most foot traffic of all three! Prior to its closure due to the pandemic, it served an average of 182 users a day, almost all of whom live within the area. Most of the visitors here are young adults who are either using the space to study or are working on their own devices. 
In light of the uncertainty of this year and the difficulties wrought by the pandemic, we are especially grateful to announce that the restoration of the Eastlands branch in Makadara is currently underway! Here's a look at what we have planned for this special space, informed by public participation sessions held with residents throughout 2019...
See the future library (video render)
Here is our latest short film about the Eastlands branch in Makadara. To follow our progress with this restoration, follow #NRBLibraries on our social platforms; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
Sharjah World Book Capital
Sharjah was named World Book Capital for the year 2019 by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) under the recommendation of the two Advisory Committee members: The International Publishers Associations (IPA) and The International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA). Sharjah was selected due to the city’s continuous efforts in promoting books and literacy. Known as the City of Knowledge, it has fast established itself as the source for the region’s growing publishing sector and has become the hub for most book-related events and organisations in the UAE. The goal of the year-long programmes hosted by the city is to use literature to empower communities and strengthen national, regional and global ties. 

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