Library in Malawi in dire need of assistance (45,000 books destroyed in fire)

Over 45 000 books destroyed in a fire at Mzuzu University Library: Urgent request for assistance

From the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Regional Office for Africa:

In an unfortunate incident of a fire that broke out at Malawi’s University of Mzuzu Library recently, a total of 45 000 books, computers and furniture were completely destroyed. Such resources had been built over a long period of time, and will alter the normal services offered to students, affecting both full time and ODL students. The cause of the fire is still unknown and the process of rebuilding will require time and funds. The University of South Africa, like other institutions worldwide are deeply concerned and currently seeking effective ways to be of assistance.

In order to come up with short and long term solutions to rebuild the invaluable collections destroyed at the Mzuzu University Library, your institutions and departments are requested to contribute through donations – books, equipment, funds. Your book donations should be relevant to the variety of subjects offered by the University of Mzuzu, in order to contribute to the academic lives of students there. We would like to pledge our urgent assistance in this regard in order for academic programmes to continue as previously planned. Attached is a list of books urgently needed, a list of destroyed furniture and equipment, as well as a list of faculties and departments serviced by Mzuzu University Library.

For information on how to make your donation, please contact Lindy Nhlapo, IFLA Regional Manager for Africa, IFLA Regional Office for Africa at: lnhlapo [at]

For more information on the fire see

List of books urgently needed with Subject

Other Library Short -term Needs

Study areas – book needs rev 1

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