Celebrating libraries in 20 years of democracyDate Released: Sun, 28 June 2015 17:11 +0200
Satgoor, Ujala (2015) Celebrating libraries in 20 years of democracy: An overview of library and information services in South Africa. IFLA Journal June 2015 41: 97-111, doi:10.1177/0340035215585100
Since the establishment of the first public library in 1818, the South African library and information services landscape has also been a reflection of the socio-political order and developments in the country. This article presents an historical perspective as well as an overview of libraries in South Africa since 1994, the context within which libraries function, library governance and legislative framework, government funding for redress, library technologies, library and information services education and the professional association. The article further highlights the importance of libraries in meeting the goals of the national development agenda towards entrenching a strong democracy and an educated and informed nation.