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Kenya Library of the Year (Maktaba Award) 2014


The Ag Managing Director Mrs. Rosemary Barasa addressing the function.

The Goethe-Institut Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Kenya Library Association organized the 5th edition of the Maktaba Awards (Library of the Year Awards) on 19th September 2014 at the Louis Leakey Auditorium of the National Museums of Kenya.Over 70 entries were received and winning libraries were awarded for innovation, application of modern ICT, preservation of indigenous knowledge, promotion of local content and provision of services to the local community.

The overall price ( Library of the Year Award ) was won by the library of the Aga Khan University Library

The Award aims to recognize excellence in the provision of library and information services in Kenya. The introduction of a national library award in Kenya is driven by the realization of the key role that information plays in the modern world and the fact that Kenya is part of the global information society.

The Library of the Year Award, which was introduced in 2010, is a platform that gives all libraries an opening to compete in different categories, this award seeks to honor and recognize excellence, innovation and creativity.

Libraries participated in the following categories:

  • Special libraries
  • Public school libraries
  • Private school libraries
  • Public libraries
  • Academic libraries.

Though the Aga Khan University Library emerged the overall winner, there were winners in the various categories listed above. The participants went through a rigorous process where they were assessed in the following areas among others:

  • Quality and innovation in provision of library and information services
  • Integration of modern technologies in service provision
  • Promotion of local content
  • Relevance of the services provided to the local community
  • Sustainability of the services and programmes
  • Provision of multicultural library services

A panel of judges with expertise in information management, marketing, and information technology analyzed the library profiles and visited all the libraries for assessment.

The winning libraries for 2014 are as follows:



Public School

Private Schools

Community Library

Public library

Special Library


Aga Khan University Library

Nairobi Primary School

Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa Library

Dr. Robert Ouko Community Memorial Library

KNLS Buru Buru

Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Library .


KCA University Library

St. Francis  Girls High School Mang'u Library

Makini Schools Library

Amani Kibera Community Library

KNLS Nakuru

National Museum of Kenya Library Nairobi


Dedan Kimathi University of Technology Library

Metkei Girls Secondary School Library

Victors Academy Gitimbine Library 

Kenya National Library Services Kibera


Communications Authority of Kenya Library

This year's Special Mentions Award went to Mathare Youths Sports Association Library .

The Library of the year project is modeled on the German Library of the Year Award. Kenya is the first country in Africa to introduce an annual national award for libraries. It is for this reason that all the libraries that participate in the national Library of the Year Award (Maktaba Award) have every right to be proud of their achievement.

Any queries regarding the Maktaba Awards may be addressed to:

Project Partners:
Kenya Library Association:



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