maktabaThe 5th edition of the Maktaba Award (Library of the Year Award) in Kenya organised by the Goethe-Institut Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Kenya Library Association will be happening in September. In 2013 the overall winner was Catholic university.

The Award, modeled on the German Library of the Year Award, aims to recognize excellence in the provision of library and information services in Kenya. It hopes to inject more professionalism, creativity and innovation in the library scene in Kenya.

This award is very good for lovers of African literature as libraries are still the place that readers can get many of the books that they seek especially if they are up to date.

This year has witnessed 80 libraries enter the competition which is a record number. A panel of judges has analyzed the library profiles and is visiting all the libraries for assessment. The judges will then compile the results of the libraries assessed and a decision will then be made on who the winners in the different categories and the winner of the overall prize are.

The Awards Gala shall be held on Friday, 19th September 2014 at the Louis Leaky Auditorium of the Nairobi National Museum. Winning libraries will receive cash prizes, book donations, trophies and recognition certificates on that day.