“For Poor Nations a Library Service Is Vital”: Establishing a National Public Library Service in Tanzania in the 1960s1

  title={“For Poor Nations a Library Service Is Vital”: Establishing a National Public Library Service in Tanzania in the 1960s1},
  author={Anthony Olden},
  journal={The Library Quarterly},
  pages={421 - 445}
  • A. Olden
  • Published 1 October 2005
  • Education
  • The Library Quarterly
The Tanganyika Library Service (TLS) was the national public library service set up in Tanzania, East Africa, in the 1960s. By the end of the decade, it was generally regarded as a model of Western‐style public library development in Africa. This is an account of its establishment and early years based on accessible documentary sources in Tanzania and the United Kingdom, on printed sources, and on interviews with 1960s staff members in the two countries. Topics include the background of… 

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