Olof Palme Municipal Library

Created in 1946, the library was located on the left wing of the old administration building, constituting of the Town Hall, before moving into a new concrete building in 1964, the present municipal administration bloc.  The library was first the depository of the British Council.

The library was named Olof Palme in March 1986 in memory of the Swedish politician who was, assassinated on 28 February 1986.  He was, among others, remembered for his engagement for the liberation of oppressed people in the 3rd world countries.

The library is the unique Municipal library in Mauritius which is ISO certified by Mauritius Standard Bureau.  In quest for excellence, the library is continuously working towards upgrading and providing better quality service to meet the new and emerging needs of its users.  The library provides a range of services namely; Lending, Reference, Children’s section, Local history, newspapers, Cyber-Café, branch libraries, photocopy and book reservation services.  Internet access is free and wifi facilities are available in the main library as well as in branch libraries.

 

The library underwent continuous development since its creation.  In 1984 the children section was created followed by a complete renovation of the library.  In 1995 the Cyber Café and Audiovisual services were launched but the latter was discontinued in 2010.  In line with the decision of the Council to decentralize the library services, the branch library project has been developed in remote regions of Beau Bassin-Rose Hill.  The most recent branch library, Roland Moothoo was inaugurated on 18 April 2015.  There are some 10 branch libraries which are located in Maingard Library, Camp Le Vieux, Mare Gravier, Chebel, Plaisance, Trèfles, Mont Roches, Stanley and Les Chebecs.  

 

The aim of the library is to provide a library service that caters for educational, cultural, leisure and information needs of the different components of the community.  Since 2011 the library is regularly organising literary activities such as Quiz, ‘Des Chiffres et Des Lettres’, ‘Dictée’, ‘Reading Aloud’ for primary and secondary students.

 

Access to library services is free for residents of Beau Bassin-Rose Hill except to non-residents who are using the lending section to borrow books and magazines.  The library holds a collection of more than 50 000 books.  An annual input of more than 2800 books and magazines enriches the library collection.  More than 120 new books are displayed monthly before they are released whilst latest magazines issues are put on shelves on a weekly basis

 

Main services offered by Olof Palme Library:

  1. Lending services (Books and magazines for adult and children)
  2. Reference services
  3. Cyber-café
  4. Photocopy service
  5. Reading corner
  6. Free wifi facilities
  7. Book renewal by phone (4542181-Direct line, 4549500) or by email on mbbrhmunlib@gmail.com 
  8. Book reservation

With the new Local Government Act of 2011, membership to the library (Lending service) is free to the residents of Beau Bassin Rose Hill only.  The library holds a collection of more than 50 000 books and subscribes to some 32 titles of magazines.

An annual input of more than 2800 books and magazines enriches the library collection.  More than 120 new books are displayed monthly before they are released whilst latest magazines issues are put on shelves on a weekly basis.  For further details on new books, please consult the Municipal website on www.bbrh.org

 Presently the library has embarked on a new project and has initiated and organised library activities (such as reading aloud, initiation to reading, quiz, etc.) in remote regions of Beau Bassin/Rose Hill to market the library services and to promote and develop reading culture among children.

  • Opening Hours

During the festive period (Dec 2019/Jan 2020), the opening hours for the library will be as follows:

 

Date  Main Library Mini Library Reference Library

(Eddy Norton)

16 Dec 2019 -10 Jan 2020 09:00 -16:00 13:00 – 16:00 09:00 – 16:00
Thursday 19 Dec 2019

Saturdays 28th Dec 2019

Close Close Close
Saturdays 21nd Dec 2019 & 04th Jan 2020 09:00 -12:00 13:00 – 16:00 Close

 

As from 13th January 2020, the Mini Libraries will resume to the normal operating hours (summer time up to 17:30, winter time up to 17:00), while the Central Library and the Reference Library will close at 17:00.

 

Opening Hours:

Sections Period Opening Hours
Main library – Adult/Children

/Reading area/Cybercafé

 

Town Hall, Royal Road,

Rose Hill

•Mid-January to Mid-December

 

 

•Mid-December to Mid-January

Weekdays:  09.00-17.00

Saturdays :  09.00-13.00

 

Weekdays: 09.00- 16.00

Saturdays :  09.00-12.00

Reference Library

(Eddy Norton Hall)

•Mid-January to Mid-December

 

 

•Mid-December to Mid-January

Weekdays: 09.00-17.00

Saturdays :  Closed

 

Weekdays: 09.00- 16.00

Saturdays :  Closed

 

 

Mini/Sub  Libraries Period Opening Hours
  1. Maingard Sub Library

Marie Michel Utile Centre

Cr Maingard/Pope Hennessy St.

Beau Bassin

  • Mid January to April
  • November to Mid December
  • May to October

•School Holidays

  • Weekdays: 12.00-17.30
  • Winter Time: 12.00-17.00
  • Weekdays: 9.00-12.00;13.00-16.00  (Closed on Wednesdays)
  • Saturdays : 9.00-12.00
  1. Mare Gravier Mini Library

Hossenally St., Mare Gravier,

Beau Bassin

  • Mid January to April
  • November to Mid December
  • May to October
  • Mid December to Mid January

  • Weekdays:     14.30-17.30      
  • Winter Time: 14.30-17.00
  • Weekdays:     14.30-16.00

(Closed on Tuesdays)

  •  Saturdays :     13.00-16.00