National Library of Mali

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The National Library of Mali (French: Direction nationale des Bibliothèques et de la Documentation) is located in Bamako, Mali.[1][2]

In 1938, the Institut Français d’Afrique Noire (IFAN) was established to study the language, history, and culture of the peoples under French colonial rule in Africa.[1] Following Mali's 1960 independence, in 1962 the IFAN Centre in Bamako was renamed by the Mali government the Institut des Sciences Humaines (Institute of Human Sciences)[3][4] or the Mali Institute for the Study of the Humanities.[1] The collections of Mali's National Library, National Archives and National Museum would eventually all be inherited from IFAN.[3] On 29 February 1968, the library was transferred from Koulouba to Avenue Kasse Keita in Ouolofobougou, a section of Bamako.[1] A 17 March 1984 law created the National Library.[1]

It is headed by the Director, who is appointed by the National Director of Arts and Culture.[1] The former selects five sections chiefs who are each responsible for one of the library's divisions: Cataloging and Bibliography Division; Periodical and Document Division; Loan and Information Division; Acquisitions, Processing, and Legal Deposit Division; and Binding and Restoration Division.[1] As of 1989, the library staff numbered 28, 16 women and 12 men.[1]

Books and periodicals are available free to the public for in-house viewing, though borrowing privileges may be obtained by becoming a registered cardholder.[1] According to the United Nations, as of 2015 approximately 33 percent of adult Malians can read.[5]

The library hosts some of the exhibits for African Photography Encounters, a biannual Bamako photography festival.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Kent, Allen (26 September 1989). Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science: Volume 45 - Supplement 10: Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition to Vocabularies for Online Subject Searching. CRC Press. pp. 247–. ISBN 9780824720452.
  2. ^ "Mali (Encyclopædia Britannica)". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b Koumare, Abdoulaye (July 1970). "L'Institut Des Sciences Humaines Du Mali, Bamako". Journal of Modern African Studies. 8 (2): 285–287. JSTOR 159389.
  4. ^ a b "National Library / African House of Photography". African Photography Encounters.
  5. ^ "Adult literacy rate, population 15+ years (both sexes, female, male)". UIS.Stat. Montreal: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  • This article began as a translation of the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia, accessed 26 December 2005.


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Coordinates: 12°37′57″N 8°00′55″W / 12.63250°N 8.01528°W / 12.63250; -8.01528