Ze Du Digital Library, considered the largest in Angola, was unveiled September of last year in Cazenga, one of the most populous municipalities of Luanda – the capital of Angola and a port city on the west coast of Southern Africa.
The media library is built on 15,000 square meters (or about 9.3 miles) in a school zone and is integrated into the Media Library Network Program of Angola – a set of infrastructures distributed throughout several provinces in the country to facilitate access to information and knowledge.
The Digital library, Ze Dú, comprises recreational areas, a research area, a multimedia center, a reading space, studies sector, children’s play area, three training rooms, a library, a digital lab, a multi-purpose sports field, a playground, an amphitheater, lavatories, an administrative services area and a car park. Nice right?
The children’s area has reading rooms, a plethora of children’s stories, educational content, games, toys and computers equipped with digital content via which children can have access to math and science lessons- lessons that will be reviewed by librarians.Access to the digital library is reserved for people ages 3 and up.
This digital library is part of a much larger effort by the Angolan government. In 2010, the government of Angola began building the Angolan Media Libraries Network with the aim of providing easy access to information. Each site therefore, has a bibliographic archive, multimedia resources, computers with Internet access, as well as areas for reading, researching and socializing. The project also includes the implementation of several media libraries, in order to provide content available in fixed media libraries to the most isolated populations in the country. At this time, the mobile media libraries are already operating in the provinces of Luanda, Malanje, Uíge, Cabinda and Lunda South. The long-term plan includes the establishment of one media library in each Angolan province by 2017.