CAK is the regulatory authority for the communication sector in Kenya which includes telecommunications, postal/courier and broadcasting. CAK has partnered with knls in the establishment of e-Resource centres in rural areas to enable information access to all.
Book Aid International (BAI) bought Books and Audio-Visual materials for Children Project in six regional libraries, funded by BAI. BAI has been a major partner to knls in provision and access to information materials to the needy people in Kenyan communities. Last year, BAI donated over 52,000 books to Kenya through knls. These efforts have contributed greatly towards the empowerment of the marginalized in the society and empowered them.
Several knls librarians have attended Goethe-sponsored workshops/seminars on diverse areas of focus. A few also have been sponsored for short course training in Germany on exchange programme arrangement. Goethe-Instut has also established a German corner at Nairobi Area and at Buruburu libraries. This is meant to facilitate knls’ customers access to information on German culture, literature and current affairs.
KASNEB has supported knls through the provision of books, book shelves and supporting reading activities through the parent book club. Their role has been instrumental in also helping self-taught candidates acquire knowledge and write exams.
The US Embassy to Kenya has sponsored knls through the provision of information resources, equipment, reading promoting activities and extension of the children libraries in Kisumu. All these have been established
EIFL- PLIP supported the empowerment of communities by knls through the e-health project. Plip has also worked with knls Kibera Library through in provision of information for the underprivileged youth in the society. Through the project, kids were introduced to tablets to enable access to ICT and ICT related innovations.
Safaricom foundation supported the completion of knls Timau Library to the tune of Kshs. 2.6 million. The funding played a key role in the roofing of the library, network trunking and connection of high speed internet in the library. The support has played a key role in ensuring that the community was empowered through information and knowledge resources
Finlays flowers in Naivasha have supported knls Naivasha Library in the provision of computers and computer related infrastructure. This will enable the residents of Naivasha have better access to online information, e-Resources and computer related innovations.
Practical action has played a vital role in the construction and equipping of the knls Kibera Library. The library is an Iconic structure within the Kibera area with a perimeter fence, great ambience and reliable water supply. Practical action has also introduced the knowledge node program in the library which is a great program for the residents and the surrounding areas.
Catholic University of Eastern Africa has supported reading promotion activities for the disadvantaged children within Kibera through the Kibera Library. Lots of children have benefited through public speaking skills, storytelling and pronunciation activities carried out at the library compound.
Kenya Methodist University has supported the children reading tent activities for schools in Meru through knls Meru Library. The activities go a long way in enabling the children to horn their public speaking skills, improve their language, diction and thinking ability.
The Co-operative University College of Kenya has supported the reading promotion activities for the disadvantaged children within Kibera through knls Kibera Library. The exercise has been a major boost in complementing curriculum activities as well as building talent among children.
Kenya Library Association (KLA), jointly with Goethe-Institut and Jomo Kenyatta Foundation has played a major role in spearheading the implementation of the Library of the Year Awards (Maktaba Awards). The Award aims to recognize excellence in the provision of library and information services in Kenya. As a result, the award has been running successfully since inception in 2010. The following are the categories considered; public libraries, community libraries, academic libraries, public school libraries, private school libraries and special libraries. In addition, KLA has sponsored reading promotion activities through knls Kibera Library.
The Kenya National Library Service would like the support received from various CDF committees under the patronage of certain Members of Parliament. Their contribution has significantly aided the establishment, development and renovation of libraries through the community library program. Below is a list of Libraries that have benefited;
Gave a donation of 75 copies of Best of Kenya publication worth Kshs. 225,000 which were distributed to all the knls branches. In addition, they also gave several copies of their publications namely; The Diplomat East Africa Magazine and Sokoni Magazine. Their contribution shall provide more information avenues to the readers within the entire knls branch network.
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) aims at transforming lives of young people through capacity development. To achieve this, DOT offers training on use of technology for entrepreneurial, community, educational and personal development. DOT has previously worked with knls in training of youth on life skills and computer skills through the knls Buruburu Library. More partnership programs are being explored with an outreach of rural areas in order to offer empowerment though existing knls infrastructure.