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THE LIBRARY DEPARTMENT
SENIOR LIBRARIAN Mrs. Bibi Nassembee PEERBUCUS- BAHADOOR
LIBRARIAN Mrs. Shafinaz FAZALL
HISTORICAL BACKGROUNDIn 1913, Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust (CUKT). Carnegie Libraries are libraries which were built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Thus, Carnegie Library in Curepipe was established by the Carnegie Foun- dation in 1917. It is well-known for its manuscript collection and its collection of Indian Ocean Islands books The Carnegie Library is located in the centre of the town of Curepipe. Its construction started in 1917 by Messrs. Hall, Genève and Langlois. On 30th June 1917, the first stone as laid by Sir Henry Hesketh Bell, Governor of Mauritius. In January 1920, the library was opened to the public.
MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS- The library provides access to a wide range of books and periodicals. We aim at offering equal and easy access to all existing services and facilities for the purpose of education, culture, research, information and leisure. - To provide a library for intellectual and personal enrichment. - To empower users in the information age. - To be a dynamic entre for knowledge and lifelong learning. The Carnegie Library works in collaboration with the National Library of Mauritius, Institut de Maurice (IFM), Centre Culturel Africain, National Archives of Mauritius, and other Municipalities to promote reading and encourage the public to use materials from the Carnegie Library.
CUREPIPE CARNEGIE LIBRARY ACTThe Carnegie Library is the only municipal library in the local authorities which has its own Curepipe Carnegie Library Act (Regulations amended in October 2014). In order to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for reading, learning and other library activities, all visitors are required to comply with the Rules and Regulations in the Act.
LIBRARY COLLECTIONToday, the library boasts a collection of over 75,000 documents, out of which some 15,000 comprise of IOI books (including the rare collections and manuscripts). The Carnegie Library is world famous for its manuscripts, original letters of eminent historical personalities like Mahé de La Bourdonnais, Matthew Flinders, old documents dating back to 17th and 18th Centuries and many other rare and ancient collections commonly known as “D’Epinay” and “Rouillard”. Almost all existing publications are either in English or French, except for a few in oriental languages.
LIBRARY SERVICESLending Services The library has adult and junior sections with a good collection of 20,000 books in English and French including books from Mauritian authors available for registered members only. Reference books for children are also available for on spot consultation. Magazines for children can be taken on loan also. Reference Service A collection over 40,000 books comprise of dictionaries, encyclopedias, subjects ranging from Computer Science, Philosophy, Religion, Social Science, Linguistics, Pure and Applied Science, Arts, Literature and History. This consultation service in opened to members or non-members upon presentation of Student Buss Pass or National Identity Card Photocopy Service Library materials can be photocopied upon request to the library staff. All copying done is subject to the Copyright Act. A fee of Rs 1.50 is charged per A4 copy.
The Cybercafé is open from 9.00 hrs to 17.30 hrs on weekdays (summer), 9.00 hrs to 17.00 on week- days (winter) and from 9.00 hrs to 15.00 hrs on Saturdays. Fifteen personal computers are in operation in the library, using ADSL technology. A fee of 50 cents per minute is charged for Internet access as well as for the use of Microsoft Word or Excel, etc. Printing service is charged Rs 3.00 per copy for black and white printing. Free WI-FI connection is also available in the library.