Lusaka Deputy Mayor Mulenga Sata says books still remain the most popular source of information and knowledge despite the advent of computers and Information Communication Technologies (ICTs)
Mayor Sata said it is in this vein that the Lusaka City Council (LCC) has endeavored to provide suitable reading materials to residents through the public libraries dotted around the city.
Mayor Sata however stated that the council has found it difficult to stock adequate and up-to-date materials to satisfy residents due to limited financial capacity and the skyrocketing prices of books.
ZANIS reports that the Lusaka Deputy Mayor said this in Lusaka today when the Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies (ZCAS) donated a set of assorted books worth KR165, 000 to the Lusaka City Libraries.
The Mayor thanked ZCAS for the donation and called on cooperating partners to come on board and assist the council in stocking libraries with modern materials and equipment.
He said this would help to de-congest libraries in the high institutions of learning like the University of Zambia (UNZA) among others.
ZCAS Executive Director Dr Alvert Ngándu says the donation was a way of celebrating the business support that the citizens and students of Lusaka have given the institution since it was established in 1988.
Dr Ng’andu said with advanced reading materials in both private and public libraries the country can improve the falling standards of reading culture by Zambians which is among the poorest in southern Africa.
He commended LCC for continuously giving access to libraries to citizens despite facing challenges.