Inside the John Harding Library at
St.Bonaventure University

The John Harding Library in St Bonaventure University is considered to be one of the best Academic Libraries in this part of Africa.It was created by the untiring efforts of the late Fr. John Harding ofm who travelled extensively in Europe and America to Franciscan Colleges and Friaries which were amalgamating or closing down.

He brought their donations – of books, journals, catalogue cards and even library shelves – back to Lusaka and together with the fledgling Library he had started in Livingstone he built it all into the foundations of what we have today.

In the ten years since Fr. John left Lusaka the Library has continued to develop. It now has over 50,000 items. We are gradually increasing the number of books per title which we carry, to facilitate the students in their studies, but funds are limited. The greater number of titles is, at present, the best way we can keep up-to-date with new publications.

The catalogue is computerised using the KOHA System. Computers are available in the Library for students to search the KOHA OPAC (online public access catalogue. Each student is able to borrow four books for two weeks which are renewable if not requested by another student. The students are able to reserve books on Koha. Fines are charged on overdue books, at present, but no further loans are made if books are overdue from a student.Books brought back Overdue are not renewable.

The John Heading Library is currently supervised by Fr. Kizito Nyendwa and is managed by Mr. Kennedy S. Kakumba, as Senior Librarianand deputized by Ms. Kaoma Winfridah. The Library hours are 08:00 – 12.30 and 1400 – 15:30 Monday to Friday. This time of closing is to facilitate the Community activities of students. The Library is available for study from 20:00 – 22:00 PM.

We have continued to improve our library, adding new books and periodicals according to our resources. At present the library is computerized and so accessed from our friaries. In the near future we will gain access to other more extensive and specialized libraries.

Internet facility is also available in the library. We also provide newspapers to our users on a daily basis.The John Harding Library is not a public Library but from time to time we are asked by students not from St. Bonaventure for permission to use the Library. Reference facilities are given upon registration or becoming a member.