Nakuru Branch

Nakuru Branch is one of the oldest libraries of knls and was established on February 1976 with one aim of delivering information needs to the community across the Rift valley province.  With an initial book stock of about 10,000 volumes, a sitting capacity of 190 users and 6 staff members, the library started its operations at Bondeni area of Nakuru, at what was then popularly known as Starehe Hall.

Over the years, Nakuru being one of the vast growing towns in the country, there has been notable tremendous growth in in businesses, health facilities, financial institutions, numerous Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and academic institutions, where almost every public and private university has since established satellite campuses and constituent colleges. This growth directly resulted to great demand for the limited library resources at the knls Nakuru branch.

The surging number of library users, and considering that the library services were being offered from a borrowed premises courtesy of the then Nakuru Municipality, compelled the knls Board to fast track the process of acquiring land to put up a purpose built library. Consequently, a plot measuring 0.3798 acres for the construction of an ultra-modern library facility within the town was secured in the year 1995.

The construction of the current library facility, through government funding, was completed in the year 2012 and library services moved from the old Starehe Hall soon after. The facility was open to the public immediately but was officially opened on Wednesday 14th May 2014. It has a 1,000-sitting capacity in compliance with Ministry of Healthelath  COVID 19 protocols.

The library has a team of professionals to ensure effective and efficient service provision to the public. There is a 24/7 security surveillance by qualified contracted guards.

Library Set Up

The building has five (5) floors. The ground floor has cafeteria and a conference hall on the left and right side respectively before you get to the main entrance to the library area. Inside the library various sections are spread out on different floors as follows: Ground floor – Customer care/circulation desk, Junior Library and Cultural collections corner; Mezzanine floor – Teenage section, E-Resource Section, OPAC System and offices; First floor – Adult section, Periodicals, Reference Section, American Space and Library hub; Second Floor – Multimedia, Braille Section; Third floor – rented space.

Who are our customers (patrons)?

The library serves diverse patrons drawn from the entire Public. It is open to all citizens irrespective of their ethnicity, sex, physical deformation, race, age, and also of the level of education These include: adults, students, children, youth, researchers, government agencies, private institutions, pensioners, prisoners, hospices and hospitals, Schools, orphanages and persons with disabilities among others..

Library collections

knls Nakuru Branch has total print collection 62,009 volumes and has subscribed to about 35 million electronic books and journals. The library supports literacy, formal and self-guided education, business and entrepreneurship skills development, mentorship and career guidance. There is a well-equipped e-resource section with computers connected to the internet, Chrome books and strong WiFi on all floors.

 Resources Available

  • Audiobooks, Video Books, CDS, DVDS
  • Career Guides
  • Genealogy & Local History
  • Interlibrary Loans
  • Large Print Books
  • Conference Room
  • Newspapers
  • Public-Access Computers
  • E-Government Services : itax; KUCCPS; DL Renewal, etc
  • Job-Search Center
  • Magazines & Periodicals
  • Online Databases: CS First
  • Scanning Services
  • French German Language Materials
  • Bulky Lending
  • Braille Materials

 Support for literacy & Education

In order to inculcate sustained and positive reading habits at an early age, the library has put in place various programmes for the junior library clients as follows:

  • Children book clubs in 20 primary schools run by the Junior section library staff
  • Toto Smart Book Club offered in partnership with Bondeni Sub-County Hospital. The club target young pregnant and breastfeeding mothers
  • Creative writing club at PISTIS Academy –Nakuru Rhoda informal settlement scheme
  • Monthly Story telling session
  • Adolescence Sexual and Reproductive Health(ASRH) talks in partnership with Nakuru county department of health
  • Mathematics book club takes place very Saturday from 99:00am –noon in partnership with Astute Mathematicians Association.
  • Set book live performances during the school holidays in partnership with Nakuru County Playtheatre
  • TUSOME book club run in partnership with Nakuru Younty Youth Bunge,
  • Digital clubs run in partnership with Kabarak University (to be launched soon)

Community Empowerment Programs

Knls Nakuru provides community members an opportunity to participate in empowerment and skills development programs. This is achieved through the free online courses commonly referred to as learning circles in partnership with Peer to Peer University (P2PU), Electronic Information for Libraries (eifl) and Chicago public library. The program targets school leavers, youth and women in an attempt to upgrade their problem solving skills. These incudes (but not limited to);

  • Transformative leadership and effective communication
  • Introduction to computers
  • Computer security and block chain technology
  • Website design and development
  • Kenya Sign Language
  • CV writing and interview skills
  • Gender and development studies
  • Management of school libraries
  • Provide weekly training to beginners in business
  • Online marketing training for the business community
  • Youth empowerment & women various issue of interest

Through the American Space, the library also offers tailor-made life and skills development programs to community members including youth, women and entrepreneurs.