Launched in March 2020, The City library, Abuja in Nigeria – a public library serving the Federal Capital Territory revealed the results of its recent collaboration with DigitalBack Books (DBB) with the unveiling of its recently upgraded Virtual Section, to provide a digital library of titles for the Abuja reading community.
According to the Director of the FCT City Library, Neemat Abdulrahim, “We are making the right decision at the right time as our community will now have access to a rich and diverse collection of Africa-Centric online resources, including fiction and non-fiction titles, academic works and digital magazines curated from publishers globally”.
The launch of City Library’s virtual services also comes at a particularly crucial time as public libraries and other institutions around the world go into physical lockdown in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic and usage is expected to increase during this period.
With DBB’s online range of titles, Abuja City library can continue to provide its users with a wealth of reading resources accessible online or via mobile devices and Library staff will be in touch with members to provide more information on how to access these resources remotely over the coming weeks.
“I am delighted to see this digital rollout launched in time to support the community during this period.” said the Managing Director and Founder of DigitalBack Books, Gersy Ifeanyi Ejimofo, “Working with the Library team to make this happen has been immensely satisfying as Abuja City Library now also joins a growing community of partner institutions harnessing the use of technology to provide access to an exciting plethora of Africa’s stories.”
The City library, Abuja is centrally located in the heart of the Federal Capital Territory and Nigeria’s Capital City. Commissioned in 2009, it serves close to 1000 registered users.
On the other hand, Digitalback Books is a virtual library offering readers instant digital access to a diverse collection of resources from across Africa and its diaspora.