The Government is implementing a Ksh.250 million virtual library to ensure Kenyans have access to quality, timely and relevant information held by the Kenya National Library from the comfort of their homes, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
The President disclosed that the virtual library, which will be launched by June 2021, will have a capacity of 15 million publications.
“The first phase will digitize 800,000 books, periodicals, research papers, and government publications. It will also contain 600,000 e-books, which are currently accessible offline through e-readers across 63 KNLS branches countrywide,” the President said.
President Kenyatta was speaking on Friday in Nairobi when he opened the new ultra-modern Maktaba Kuu building which houses the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) headquarters.
The two-year virtual library project is being implemented by the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage in collaboration with the Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund.
The Head of State emphasized that an important part of the virtual library project is to ensure that all Kenyans, wherever they are, have access to reading materials.
The President said the fully-fledged hospital with modern facilities such as laboratories and operating theaters will serve UN staff and Kenyans way beyond the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“It will cater for United Nations staff and their families, the entire diplomatic community and augment the health care capacity in Kenya. It will also be accessible to all Kenyans even after the pandemic is eliminated; and will, in future be used to treat other infectious diseases,” President Kenyatta said.
The President, who was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Mutahi Kagwe (Health) and Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), said the treatment center will reinforce the position of Nairobi as the United Nations Medevac center in the Southern Hemisphere.