Researchers left in the cold as structural problems force National Library to close
The National Library of Namibia (NLN) and the National Archives of Namibia (NAN) are temporary closed to the public because of emergency plumbing repair works that started on 8 January.
The two will only be closed until the plumbing is completed and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture this week has since apologized for any inconvenience that might have been caused by the closure.
“We would like to assure stakeholder that we are working tirelessly to ensure that the two are re-opened to the public soon,” they added.
The Ministry said that in the meantime the public can make use of the Windhoek Public Library in Ludertiz Street, the Ministries Library at Government Office Park, the Greenwell Matongo Library, the Rossing Foundation Library in Khomasdal and Katutura.
A feasibility study which was done in 2012 revealed that the building housing the NLN and the NAN has major structural problems. The Ministry over the years did repairs as problems occurred therefore they have prioritized the renovations of the building as one of the urgent projects to be funded by the African Development Bank.
They are also cognizant of the important of NLN and the NAN to the community as well as to visitors and local researchers.