All set for new national library building

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Queuing in order to gain access to the national library on Andries Street in Pretoria will soon be a thing of the past as government prepares to erect a spacious R160 million building in the CBD.

By Zibonele Ntuli, tel: (012) 314-2359

Queuing in order to gain access to the national library on Andries Street in Pretoria will soon be a thing of the past as government prepares to erect a spacious R160 million building in the CBD.

Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan says the building will start in early January, and will be located at a government boulevard linking the city centre with the Union Buildings and other departments.

Speaking at a sod turning ceremony on Friday, Dr Jordan said the proposed modern glass and brick building would reflect the dynamic future for the National Library of South Africa.

It will also boast steel and glass covered walkways and ramps.

"The national library building will add a new and exciting dimension to the capital of South Africa revitalizing the CBD and providing a much-needed investment of capital, human resources and future activity," he explained.

The new facility will provide approximately 1 300 seats when compared to the current 130 presently offered by the existing library.

"We see this building as a new beginning for the national library. I am certain our future generations will look back and say this is where it all began," he said.

Library board chairperson Rocky Ralebipi-Simela said the new building marked a new era in the history of libraries in the country.

"I am hoping the building will tell our next generations where we come from, it will be a beacon of hope and light," she said.

The national library is the custodian of the country's national documentary heritage and it stores books, magazines, and newspapers, and government documents, printable and non-printable documents.

To date the library has a collection of three million items from legal deposits, donations, and exchange agreements and is regarded as the resource for researchers, writers, students and the public who need information on any aspect.

The new building is set to store over 3.5 million books over the next twenty years. Construction of the building will be completed in 2007. - BuaNews


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