Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) - List Of Public Libraries In Kenya

Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) - List Of Public Libraries In Kenya

The Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) is a corporate body of the Kenyan government with a mandate to "promote, establish, equip, manage, maintain and develop libraries in Kenya". In its service provision, KNLS plays a dual role of Public library and National library of Kenya. The public library services are available in their 61 branches throughout Kenya, while the national library services are available at the headquarters in Nairobi. Through various reading campaigns, KNLS has provided opportunities for communities to enhance their reading and information-seeking habits, and therefore sustain literacy. KNLS promotes reading by providing access to relevant reading materials to all communities. By playing a major role in stimulating public interest in books and in promoting reading for knowledge, information and enjoyment, the KNLS is indeed a "people's university." The KNLS provides resources in electronic and print format and reading spaces to its clients throughout the country.

Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) - List Of Public Libraries In Kenya

Books and documents: 

1,4 million

Electronic documents: 

Available

Periodicals p.a.: 

Available

Multimedia / Audiovisual Material: 

Available

Annual growth: 

Stable

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules: 

AACR2

Classification System: 

DDC

Database Software: 

AMLIB

Services and Special Activites

Information Services Provided: 

Books and ICT

Publications Produced: 

Kenya Bibliography

Special Activities: 

Organized for needy people in the community

Networking: 

Library consortium

Other Material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work: 

  • Demand for current and updated materials.
  • Budgetary and space constraints.

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services: 

  • Joining library consortium.
  • More partnerships with like-minded organizations.
  • Lobbying for more government funding.

List Of Public Libraries In Kenya

This is a list of public libraries in Kenya. Public libraries in Kenya are managed by the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS), a statutory body of the Government of Kenya established in 1965 by an Act of Parliament, Cap 225 of the laws of Kenya.

Here is a list of public libraries in Kenya.

Baringo County

1. Kabarnet KNLS Library

Location: Along Nakuru-Iten Road.

Contact: 020 215 8364.

Email: knlskabarnet@knls.ac.ke.

2. Meisori KNLS Library

Location: Marigat- Lake Baringo Road, 10km from Marigat Town.

Email: knlsmeisori@knls.ac.ke.

3. Eldama Ravine KNLS Library

Location: Eldama Ravine, Off Milimani Saw Mill Road.

Email: knlseldamaravine@knls.ac.ke.

Bomet County

4. Silibwet KNLS Library

Location: Along Leiten- Bomet Road, Silibwet.

Contact: 020 215 8375.

Email: knlssilibwet@knls.ac.ke.

Bungoma County

5. Kimilili KNLS Library

Location: Kitale-Bungoma Road, Next to Kimilili District Hospital.

Contact: 020 215 8370.

Email: knlskimilili@knls.ac.ke.

Elgeyo Marakwet County 

6. Lagam KNLS Library

Location: Next to Lagam Catholic Church.

Contact: 020 215 8365.

Email: knlslagam@knls.ac.ke.

Embu County

7. Embu KNLS Library

Location: Kenyatta Road, Embu Town.

Contact: 020 215 8384.

Email: knlsembu@knls.ac.ke.

Garissa County

8. Garissa KNLS Library

Location: Off Garissa-Dadaab Road, Opposite Administration Police.

Contact: 020 215 8387.

Email: knlsgarissa@knls.ac.ke.

9. Mbalambala KNLS Library

Location: Adjacent to Mbalambala District Hospital.

Email: knlsmbalambala@knls.ac.ke.

10. Masalani KNLS Library

Location: Along Busia-Hola Road, Next to Masalani Primary School.

Contact: 020 215 8388.

Email: knlsmasalani@knls.ac.ke.

Isiolo County

11. Isiolo KNLS Library

Location: Next to Isiolo IEBC Offices.

Contact: 020 215 8374.

Email: knlsisiolo@knls.ac.ke.

Kakamega County

12. Kakamega KNLS Library

Location: Off Muruli Road, Behind Mwalimu Centre.

Contact: 020 215 8369.

Email: knlskakamega@knls.ac.ke.

13. Lusumu KNLS Library

Location: Shianda Nambacha Road, Near St Kizito Secondary School.

Email: knlslusumu@knls.ac.ke.

Kericho County

14. Kericho KNLS Library

Location: Along Kisumu Road, Opposite South Western College.

Contact: 020 215 8367.

Email: knlskericho@knls.ac.ke.

Kiambu County

15. Thika KNLS Library

Location: General Kago Road, Thika Town.

Contact: 020 215 8376.

Email: knlsthika@knls.ac.ke.

Kilifi County

16. Kilifi KNLS Library

Location: Bosa Road, Near Chief’s Office.

Contact: 020 215 8398.

Email: knlskilifi@knls.ac.ke.

17. Malindi KNLS Library

Location: Malindi-Lamu Road.

Contact: 020 215 8395.

Email: knlsmalindi@knls.ac.ke.

18. Dzitsoni KNLS Library

Location: Next to Dzitsoni Secondary School.

Contact: 020 215 8399.

Email: knlsdzitsoni@knls.ac.ke.

Kisii County

19. Kisii KNLS Library

Location: Behind Barclays Bank.

Contact: 020 215 8373.

Email: knlskisii@knls.ac.ke.

Kisumu County

20. Kisumu KNLS Library

Location: Ochieng Road, Next to Kisumu Social Centre.

Contact: 020 215 8368.

Email: knlskisumu@knls.ac.ke.

21. Koru KNLS Library

Location: Koru Town.

Email: knlskoru@knls.ac.ke.

Kitui County

22. Mwingi KNLS Library

Location: Mwingi- Kyuso Road, Beside Mwingi High School.

Contact: 020 215 8386.

Email: knlsmwingi@knls.ac.ke.

Kwale County 

23. Kwale KNLS Library

Location: Along Ukunda- Lunga Lunga Road.

Contact: 020 213 4195.

Email: knlskwale@knls.ac.ke.

Laikipia County

24. Rumuruti KNLS Library

Location: Off Nyahururu- Maralal Road, Opposite Pagan Girls Secondary.

Contact: 020 215 8382.

Email: knlsrumuruti@knls.ac.ke.

25. Laikipia KNLS Library

Location: Opposite Kirimara Hotel.

Contact: 020 215 8381.

Email: knlslaikipia@knls.ac.ke.

Makueni County

26. Kithasyu KNLS Library

Location: Next to Kithasyu Primary School and Chulu National Park.

Contact: 020 215 8396.

Email: knlskithasyu@knls.ac.ke.

27. Mutyambua KNLS Library

Location: Sultan Hamud, Next to Chief’s Office.

Contact: 020 215 8393.

Email: knlsmutyambua@knls.ac.ke.

28. Kinyambu KNLS Library

Location: Kibwezi Town.

Contact: 020 215 8394.

Email: knlskinyambu@knls.ac.ke.

Mandera County

29. Mandera KNLS Library

Location: Off Isiolo-Mandera Road, Next to Magistrate’s Court.

Contact: 020 215 8392.

Email: knlsmandera@knls.ac.ke.

Marsabit County

30. Moyale KNLS Library

Location: Within Ministry of Health Offices Compound.

Email: knlsmoyale@knls.ac.ke.

Meru County

31. Meru KNLS Library

Location: Kenyatta Road, Meru Town.

Contact: 020 215 8385.

Email: knlsmeru@knls.ac.ke.

32. Mikombine KNLS Library

Location: Nkubu.

Contact: 020 215 8383.

Email: knlsmikombine@knls.ac.ke.

33. Timau KNLS Library

Location: Off Nanyuki-Meru Road, Opposite Timau Catholic.

Contact: knlstimau@knls.ac.ke.

34. Gatimbi KNLS Library

Location: Equator Junction, Next to Chief’s Camp.

Email: knlsgatimbi@knls.ac.ke.

Migori County

35. Awendo KNLS Library

Location: Next to Sony Complex Primary School.

Email: knlsawendo@knls.ac.ke.

Mombasa County

36. Mombasa KNLS Library

Location: Haille Selassie Avenue, Msanifu Kombo Street.

Contact: 020 215 8397.

Email: knlsmombasa@knls.ac.ke.

Muranga County

37. Muranga KNLS Library

Location: Along Kenyatta Avenue.

Contact: 020 236 9592.

Email: knlsmuranga@knls.ac.ke.

38. John Michuki Memorial Library

Location: Next to Kangema sub-county Headquarters.

Contact: 0797 398 054.

Email: knlskangema@knls.ac.ke.

Nairobi County

39. Nairobi KNLS Library

Location: Maktaba Kuu Building, Ngong Road, Community Area.

Contact: 0722 860 567.

Email: knlsnal@knls.ac.ke.

40. Buruburu KNLS Library

Location: Ol Donyo Sabuk Road Junction.

Contact: 020 212 9744.

Email: knlsburuburu@knls.ac.ke.

41. Kibera KNLS Library

Location: Albert Road, Next to Soweto Primary School.

Contact: 0770 706 227.

Email: knlskibera@knls.ac.ke.

Nakuru County

42. Nakuru KNLS Library

Location: Behind Christ the King Cathedral, Off Moses Mudavadi Road.

Contact: 020 215 8362.

Email: knlsnakuru@knls.ac.ke.

43. Naivasha KNLS Library

Location: Barrier Karui Road.

Contact: 020 215 8361.

Email: knlsnaivasha@knls.ac.ke.

44. Gilgil KNLS Library

Location: Opposite Gilgil Market, Bondeni Estate.

Email: knlsgilgil@knls.ac.ke.

Nandi County

45. Kapsabet KNLS Library

Location: Kapsabet-Eldoret Road, Opposite Kapsabet Hospital.

Contact: 020 215 8366.

Email: knlskapsabet@knls.ac.ke.

Narok County

46. Lelechonik KNLS Library

Location: Leiben-Bomet Road.

Email: knlslelechonik@knls.ac.ke.

47. Narok KNLS Library

Location: Along Narok-Sotik Road, Opposite St Mary’s School.

Email: knlsnarok@knls.ac.ke.

Nyandarua County

48. Ol Kalou KNLS Library

Location: Opposite Ol Kalou Town Council Offices.

Contact: 020 213 4197.

Email: knlsolkalou@knls.ac.ke.

Nyeri County

49. Nyeri KNLS Library

Location: Kenyatta Avenue, Opposite Barclays Bank.

Contact: 020 215 8377.

Email: knlsnyeri@knls.ac.ke.

50. Munyu KNLS Library

Location: Off Nanyuki Road, 12km from Naromoru Town.

Contact: 020 215 8378.

Email: knlsmunyu@knls.ac.ke.

51. Chinga KNLS Library

Location: Next to Chinga Boys High School.

Contact: 020 218 8300.

Email: knlschinga@knls.ac.ke.

52. Karatina KNLS Library

Location: Next to Karatina Law Courts.

Contact: 020 215 8379.

Email: knlskaratina@knls.ac.ke.

Siaya County

53. Ukwala KNLS Library

Location: Ukwala, Port Victoria-Ugunja Road.

Contact: 020 215 8372.

Email: knlsukwala@knls.ac.ke.

54. Nyilima KNLS Library

Location: Along Ndori-Uyoma Road.

Contact: 020 215 8371.

Email: knlsnyilima@knls.ac.ke.

55. Rambula KNLS Library

Location: Ugunja Town.

Contact: 020 203 1867.

Email: knlsrambula@knls.ac.ke.

Taita Taveta County

56. Wundanyi KNLS Library

Location: Wundanyi, Next to Ministry of Lands Office.

Contact: 020 213 4196.

57. Mary Patch Turnbull Memorial KNLS Library

Location: Next to Shimbo Secondary School, Wundanyi.

Email: knlswerugha@knls.ac.ke.

58. Voi Community KNLS Library

Location: Opposite Voi Law Courts.

Email: knlsvoi@knls.ac.ke.

Uasin Gishu County

59. Eldoret KNLS Library

Location: Iten- Uganda Road Junction.

Contact: 020 215 8363.

Email: knlseldoret@knls.ac.ke.

Wajir County

60. Wajir KNLS Library

Location: Wajir Town.

Contact: 020 215 8340.

Email: knlswajir@knls.ac.ke.

61. Habaswein KNLS Library

Location: Habaswein, Opposite CDF Offices.

Contact: 020 215 8389.

Email: knlshabaswein@knls.ac.ke.

62. Bute KNLS Library

Location: Next to Bute Girls High School.

Email: knlsbute@knls.ac.ke.

63. Tarbaj KNLS Library

Location: Next to Tarbaj District Hospital.

Email: knlstarbaj@knls.ac.ke.

64. Griftu KNLS Library

Location: 20km off Wajir- Moyale Road.

Email: knlsgriftu@knls.ac.ke.

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