An investigation of funding situation of public libraries in Tanzania; a case of selected public libraries in Tanzania

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University of Dar es Salaam
This study investigated the funding situation of public libraries in Tanzania. Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Dodoma public libraries were taken as a case study. Data for the study were collected from both secondary sources (by review of documentary sources) and primary sources (through face-to-face interview with key informants, self-administered questionnaires and observations). Quantitative data were analysed through the SPSS programme while qualitative data were analysed through content analysis. The findings of the study revealed that the main funding sources of public libraries come from the government and membership fees. The study further found that other funding sources are donations and Aids, gifts, fundraising and in-house¬ economic generating units. The findings of the study reveal that, the challenges facing funding situation in public libraries were low priority from the government, lack of awareness of users, unfaithful workers in funding collection, inadequate business skills and poor management of financial resources. From the findings of the study, a number of recommendations are provided as solutions for financing public libraries. These include the establishment of fundraising events, engagement on public private partnership and establishment of income generating activities such as computer training courses, refreshments and photocopying services. It is further recommended that the government should give priority to budget allocation. Also, Library management should equip their staff with knowledge on the effective management of library resources and services and adopt the public and private partnership to improve funding situation so as to enhance quality services to customers.
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Public libraries, Finance, Tanzania
Kasumo, N. M. (2016) An investigation of funding situation of public libraries in Tanzania: a case of selected Public libraries in Tanzania, Masters’ dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available at (