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Taking library and information services to rural communities

Day and night, the Unisa Library and its 10 branch libraries are a hive of activity, hosting 10 000 students a day and enabling thousands more to access its resources via the internet. So what happens to students living in rural communities where internet connectivity and library resources are limited? Well, Unisa is planning to bring the library to them in buses.

Mobile library services are an ideal way to enhance learning by providing access to services for Unisa students in rural communities. The services offered will include book circulation, e-journals, training and professional advice and assistance in the use of library materials.

Five mobile buses are required. These buses will house the study collection (limited numbers of 5 000 to 10 000 items and for information resources in all media used on the vehicle), lap tops, be wheelchair accessible, have work stations for students with disabilities and have broadband internet access.

To realise this mobile library service, Unisa is looking at an amount of R38 146 590 to buy and equip five buses. Your donation could help the library service take to the road and make a difference to the lives of students in rural communities.