The Kigali-Virunga Rotary Club, with the support of many international partners, began in 2000 to build the first public library of Rwanda in Kigali, respecting international standards. It was a turning point in the history of Rwanda.
For the occasion, in 2010, LWB selected and sent 15,000 books and documents in French and in English for the Public Library of Kigali. We also purchased 4,000 locally-published books and documents. The construction of the library ended in 2011.
A partnership with the group CAIRN.info allowed the library’s users to access electronic resources.
The inter-university network of the Great Lakes Region (RIGL) consists of 24 universities from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda. The sustainability of this network depends on the uniformity of practices regarding governance but also regarding educational content and documentary resources.
From 2012 to 2014, LWB supported the construction of the network by organizing a training seminar for the heads of libraries of member universities. This seminar allowed librarians from the 24 universities to meet, gain awareness of the opportunities of working in a network, and work together to develop frameworks for their joint work.
The creation of centers of excellence in each of the three countries has enabled student exchanges. In order to support the implementation of these centers of excellence, LWB teamed up with the partner universities to develop resource centers specialized in the fields concerned. Today, 150,000 students and teacher-researchers from the 24 RIGL member institutions benefit from improved access to resources and information.