Padmore Library cries for help

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of  EducationMr. Robert Aryee, an Assistant Librarian at the George Padmore and Research Library, in Accra, has appealed to government to support the library with modern equipment for it to occupy its rightful position in the industry.
The library, which is serving as a major library in the country, lacks the requisite technology and facilities to make it attractive to students preparing for examinations.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Mr. Aryee urged stakeholders to “have the library at heart”, and help to transform it into a fully furnished modern library to support learners and researchers.
He said the library had no air-conditioners and other facilities that would make researchers comfortable, and appealed to government and other donors to support in making the place research friendly.
Mr. Aryee noted: “If the stakeholders have the place at heart, they will bring the place to a certain level”.
Meanwhile, the library, which also serves as the centre for the registration of International Standard Book Number (ISBN) for Ghanaian publications registered 1,707 publications and 1,843 publications in 2015.
Mr. James K. Naabah, Assistant Liberian at the facility told the GNA that the laws for the registration of publication by Ghanaians were not adhered to, making it difficult for the facility to operate effectively.
Mr. Naabah noted that it was more advantageous to register books because many readers and researchers got to know for the fact that data of registered authors were recorded in the Ghana National Bibliography.
He said: “The law demands that every publication in Ghana should be deposited here and failure to do so attracts a fine of £40 pounds.”
If the law was adhered to, this facility would have been richer by now,” he said adding that there was no need to pursue an author to benefit from something they would enjoy better”. – GNA

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