Makerere Moves To Install CCTV Surveillance Cameras In Libraries

salve geneva; font-size: small;”>This was revealed by its chief Librarian Prof Maria Musoke recently while speaking at the commissioning of the new library block.

abortion geneva; font-size: small;”>Musoke was speaking in the presence of Vice President Edward Sekandi who launched the new library which has space to sit over 10,000 students at ago. Maria Musoke said the cases of students and none student library users stealing books and other reading materials have been on the increase in Makerere libraries. She added that they have been piloting the issue of CCTV cameras in the old library building where she said they have been nabbing at least 10 thieves on a daily basis.

“We want to expand this CCTV facilities to cover this new library and our book banks at college level, otherwise thieves won’t spare our books and computers in this new block,” Musoke said.

She asked government to help the VC Ddumba-Sentamu who was also present to find money to install the CCTV equipment.

Ddumba said they badly need more government support because they have 47,000 students who lack reading space besides the working class who use the library also.

Maria Musoke revealed that Makerere now has over 1.2m text books besides e-learning materials which are stored in the hundreds of computers in the new library.

She said there was a challenge of subscribing to the e-journals from all over the world because of lack of money to do so.

“Development partners have done a lot for us and we think as Makerere we must use tuition fees to buy this CCTV equipment for ourselves,” she said. She thanked the Carnegie Corporation of New York for contributing $2.5m (about Shs5billion) for the building.

Prof Omatade Aina who represented Canergie bosses said the donors were happy and would give Makerere a bonus envelope for utilizing their money in a good way.

Ssekandi thanked Canergie Corporation for funding Makerere adding that 16% of its budget today is raised by Canergie.

The whole library building cost $2.5m received from Canergie and $200,000 from Sida-Sarec. The Norwegian government put furniture and IT facilities.


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