Ghana Library Authority Participates in Results Fair


The Ghana Library Authority, an agency under the Ministry of Education showcased its achievements at the 3-day maiden “Results Fair” which began on the 14th to the 16th of January 2020 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

The Authority is on a transformational journey and has made great progress since 2017. The “Results Fair” under the theme, “Delivering Results for Our Citizens: A Work in Progress,” provided an avenue for GhLA to demonstrate its progress in the past years to the public.

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education and Mr. Hayford Siaw, the Executive Director of GhLA took the President of Ghana, H. E Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo through GhLA’s achievements for the past three years.

The area of focus for the Authority since 2017 has been Technology, increasing access points, creating a conducive environment for patrons, promoting literacy and life-long learning and increasing book stock. From the presentation, the Library Authority has exceeded the target they set for itself.

The fair, organized by the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation was launched by the President, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

In attendance were other ministers of states, heads and directors of agencies, the diplomatic corps and the general public. 

Progress Made since 2016

Ghana Library Authority has made strides in the past three years.

In creating an enabling and conducive environment, the Authority has renovated 33 public libraries and increased its footprint from 61 to 70.

Library membership has increased from 7,246 in 2016 to 26,334 in 2019, representing 263.42% increment, and patronage has increased from 393,430 in 2016 to 1,074,275 in 2019 representing 173.1% increment.

The Authority also added 559,417 new books to its stock, representing 159.8% increment from 2016-2019.

In the area of technology, the authority has developed a Digital Library - Ghana Library App, automated its Book processing operations, established a technology and innovation hub in Ashanti, Cape Coast, and Eastern regions and connected all regional libraries to the internet.

Source: GhLA

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