The Busolwe Public Library (BPL) was founded by the Lunyole Language Association (LLA) in 1996.  BPL is the sole public library serving the Butaleja District in Eastern Uganda.  As a member of the Uganda Community Libraries Association (UgCLA), BPL aims to improve the district's reading culture in English and its local language, Lunyole, in order to increase the community's literacy rates.

The BPL Board is chaired by Mr. Yonasani  Mayende. The board has many active members, including (from left to right) Valyria, Mr. Hirome Gershom, the chairman, and Rev. Wandera Ennoch.

Mr. Ivan Kaibo, the head librarian, oversees the library which is open Monday through Saturday. Surrounded by eight primary schools and seven secondary schools, BPL is frequented mostly by students and children in the neighbourhood who benefit from academic materials and storybooks in the library's collection.  Faculty members and elders in the community also borrow academic resources for research, storybooks for class materials, and more.

As BPL expands its collection and facilities, it aims to continue having an impact on the community as it develops.

We received support for the Humanye Obulamu Project from EIFL under the PLIP project.
EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling access to knowledge through libraries in more than 60 developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.
EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) supports public libraries to use information and communication technology (ICT) to implement innovative community development services.

Bright young readers outside the library.

UBC volunteers alongside a BPL founder, Dr. Tembe Juliet, summer 2010.

Volunteer John having fun with UBC students Pratyush and Jenny.

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