Mr. John Ayeseya, Upper East Regional Librarian, has appealed to the government, philanthropists and non-governmental organizations, to provide the Regional Library with books that are relevant to the current educational programme in the country.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Bolgatanga on Tuesday, he said most of the books in the library did not meet the demand of students in the region. Mr Ayeseya said there were many institutions in the region including the Bolgatanga Polytechnic, health training institutions, teacher training colleges and the University of Development Studies (UDS) and there was the need to provide books that would be relevant to students.
Mr. Ayeseya said another major problem confronting the Regional Library was the problem of lack of furniture and this compels library users had to be on their feet when reading.
He said since the opening of the Regional Library in 1969, its furniture had not been replaced hence most of them had broken down, adding that the library had not also seen any major renovations making the place dilapidated. Mr. Ayeseya also appealed to the government, philanthropists and NGO's to furnish the library with computers for both the staff and the users of the library.
He said there were four community libraries in the region and they are located at Sumbrungu, Vea, Sirigu and Gowrie-Koukua that were serving the communities well as a library van.
Mr Ayeseya said due to low salaries and poor working conditions library staff in the country hardly remained in the profession and called for the improvement of the salaries and conditions of service for people working in that sector.
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