Making libraries the heart of the community | Western Cape Government

Making libraries the heart of the community

Public libraries have always played a significant role in our communities, providing essential services to help neighborhoods thrive by offering quiet spaces to learn and explore.  National Library Week 2018 poster

In an increasingly digital world, we see the role of libraries in our communities start to change and are at times undervalued.

To highlight the importance of libraries in communities The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is celebrating South African Library Week from 16-23 March 2018. 

The theme for 2018,  “Libraries: heart of the Community” is a reminder to all library users that the library is a communal space that offers vital resources to address community needs, whether educational, social, recreational or informative.

From internet access and help with homework, to story-times and language programs, libraries provide free accessible space, information resources and services for everyone.

This year’s theme “Libraries: heart of the Community” re-emphasizes the idea that libraries belong to the community and are central to it.

If you’re looking for a quiet and safe place to learn and access information for a school or personal project, visit your local library to find out how you can access the services you need. 

You can use our Living Atlas to find your nearest library and find out more about the services they offer. 

Find out what exciting programmes your library has planned for this year’s library week and how you can be a part of it.

The content on this page was last updated on 15 March 2018