The idea of setting up a community library was borne as a result of the need to create a platform (for our target audience) that will facilitate consistent access to information (or knowledge) through books, newspapers, journals, internet and people. The dearth and collapse of social infrastructure in Nigeria has created a need for intervention by individuals and corporate organizations to augment what is currently available. Most secondary schools at the grassroots don’t have a well equipped nor functional library that students can use hence creating a need for such facility. Consequently we recently received a grant from ASSOCIATION DES ESPOUSE to set up a community library in the Ojokoro community- where we currently operate.
Also, we are currently in high level discussions with Employee Energy Nigeria Limited (that should lead to a partnership with PEA Foundation) to set up community libraries in Nigeria and perhaps Africa. Mrs. Oluwatoyin Omotayo (Masters in Library and Information Services from the University of Ibadan) serves as PEA Foundation’s chief library consultant.