National Library Service

Promoting Reading Culture in Malawi

The National Library Service Board is a Statutory Corporation established under the National Library Service Act of 1967. NLS operates nation-wide public library and information services in Malawi. Its statutory responsibilities are to promote, establish, equip, manage, maintain and develop libraries in Malawi. Its mission is to ensure that people of Malawi have access to educational, training, recreational and information materials for national development.
Its statutory responsibilities, as stipulated in the Act, are to promote, establish, equip, manage, maintain and develop libraries in Malawi. The Service is governed by a Board which is comprised of a Chairman appointed by the Minister responsible for Statutory Corporations; representatives from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; the Ministry of Local Government and Rural development; The Malawi Police Service; Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. There are also some members who are appointed in their personal capacities. The Board’s Chief Executive and Secretary is the National Librarian.
Vision
To become a world class Library
Mission
Our mission is to ensure that people of Malawi have access to educational, training, recreational and information materials for national development
Mr. Mathews Kamala making a presentation of the National Library Service activities to the Hon. Ministers Dr. Patricia Kaliati: ILD 2021 Rumphi Stadium.
Message from the National Librarian
  • Welcome to National Library Service Website

    The library is the backbone of the research and development activities of Malawi. The use of library resources is vital for pursuing study and research. Our Library is designed to meet the information, research, and curriculum needs of its users. It has comprehensive collections to meet the needs of its users. The library’s holdings include a diverse collection of print, non-print, and computer resources for all to use.

    The library’s mission is to ensure that the people of Malawi have access to educational, training, recreational, and information materials for national development

    As Librarian of the National Library Service, I oversee the many dedicated staff who acquire, catalog, preserve, and make available library collections within the library and over the Internet. I am pleased that you are visiting our Website today, and I invite you to revisit it often. I do hope that everybody would make full use of the facilities and services offered.

    Thank you.

    Welcome to National Library Service Website
    G. Nyali
    National Librarian
    National Library Service

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