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National Library Week is Celebrated at CUT



National Library Week is Celebrated at CUT

National Library Week is Celebrated at CUT. South African Library Week (SALW) holds a significant place in the hearts of bibliophiles and information enthusiasts. Initiated in 2001 by the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), this annual event underscores the vital role libraries play in our society. SALW champions literacy, upholds the basic human right of freedom of access to information, and underscores the democratic ethos of South Africa.

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The Theme: “My Library, Your Library”

The theme for this year SALW, “My Library, Your Library,” resonates deeply with the core essence of libraries. It aims to bring libraries closer to the community, fostering a sense of ownership and belonging among its members. This theme underscores the idea that libraries are not just buildings filled with books; they are vibrant community spaces that enrich lives and empower individuals.

CUT National Library Week Celebration

Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), joined the nationwide celebration of SALW on 24 March 2017. The university’s commemoration sought to highlight the importance of libraries on campus and recognize the invaluable contributions made by libraries and librarians worldwide. The event was a testament to CUT’s commitment to promoting the use and support of its library facilities.

Acknowledging Library Contributions

The celebration of SALW is a significant milestone for LIASA, as it endeavors to raise awareness about the pivotal role libraries play in nation-building and improving the quality of life for all South Africans. Libraries are not just repositories of books; they are community hubs that cater to diverse needs, be it educational, social, recreational, or informative.

Prof. Alfred Makura Address

In his address, Prof. Alfred Makura, Associate Professor of Postgraduate Studies, highlighted the transformative power of libraries. He emphasized that libraries are not merely academic service providers but also nurture well-rounded students. Prof. Makura underscored the need for students to recognize the role of libraries in line with the university’s strategic objectives.

CUT Looking Ahead

As we reflect on the theme “My Library, Your Library,” let us remember that libraries are more than just buildings; they are the heartbeats of our communities. It is crucial to acknowledge and appreciate the invaluable contributions made by libraries and librarians. Let us continue to support and utilize our libraries, ensuring that they remain vibrant spaces that enrich our lives.


The celebration of SALW is a reminder of the enduring value of libraries in our society. It encourages us to cherish and utilize these invaluable resources, recognizing them as essential pillars of knowledge and community.

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