Visiting the Sandton Library in Johannesburg, South Africa

In the Sandton branch of the Johannesburg Public Library, visiting the local librarian and checking on local concerns. The same as in other parts of the world, I'm afraid: Lack of funding and a public perception of irrelevance. The building is beautiful but the book budget has been decimated and the city has not addressed a long standing network issue. This said a few individuals were still making use of the library. But in this vibrant part of the city so many more could be making use of the branch if they had adequate funding and a champion fighting for it.

Gary Shaffer

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