Created in 1946, the Public Library in the left wing of the Town Hall (the Treasurer Officers) was first the depository for the British Council.

The library moved in a new building in 1966. A Children’s Corner was inaugurated in 1984 and comprises a lending section and reference books for consultation only.

In June 1998, the Library was renovated following a consultancy offered by the British Council and new services namely Internet and Audio Visual were launched.  However, following a decision of the council on 7th May, 2009, the Library has ceased lending audio visual materials.


The aim of the municipal library is to provide everyone, particularly the citizens of Beau Bassin Rose-Hill, a service which caters for the educational, cultural, informational and leisure needs of individuals, groups, industrial and commercial and any other agencies.

Most of the books are on open shelves and are freely available for consultation.

The Library is presently re-computerising its services and a new library software “Amlib” has been installed.  On-line public access catalogue (OPAC) will soon be a reality and our resources will thus be available on the web to facilitate on line consultation.

Since its creation, the Olof Palme Library has known much development .  Besides providing its traditional library services such as Lending, Reference, photocopy service, a Reading Area for Newspapers, the Olof Palme Library also offers a free internet access with wifi facility, since 22 November 2007 within a radius of 200 metres from the antenna.  In addition, the library runs a Cyber-Centre which was inaugurated on 22nd of August 2007 with eight computers providing internet access at a nominal fee of 50 cents per minute.

In pursuing a decentralising policy for the library services, a new mini-library was inaugurated at Mare Gravier on 31 August 2010 offering a reference service, a reading point for newspapers and a Cyber Centre with free internet access.

In order  to cater for the needs of our citizens, the Council and the Library have worked vigorously to develop and expand its branch library system view as a means to extend its presence throughout the city and be closer to the people.  Some seven (7) mini/sub lbraries are operational in the different regions of Beau Bassin Rose Hill offering an array of library services.  Moreover, this Council has stressed on the needs to democratise access to information to all and since 22 August 2007, all mini or sub libraries provide free internet access for the public.

 Free wireless Internet Service

The library offers a free Wireless Internet Access.  Anyone can grab his/her laptop, be comfortably seated in the yard of the Council and connect his/her wi-fi enabled laptop to internet.

Free Online Service for Vacancies in LGSC

Visit our library and access LGSC vacancies.  On-Line submission of application of vacancies for jobs can be effected at the main library Cyber Centre.  For any supplementary information, please contact the staff of the library.
Main Services offered by the Central Library:

1.  Lending services (books and Magazines)
2.  Reference Service
3.  Cyber-Café
4.  Photocopy Service
5.  Reading Area
6.  Free Wireless Internet Service
7.  Free Online Service for vacancies in LGSC




In quest for excellence, the library has successfully obtained its MS ISO 9001:2000 certificate in April 2004.  It was renewed in 2007 for a period of three years and a re-certifiation of MS ISO 9001:2008 for another three years (2010 – 2013) has been awarded to the Library in 2010.

In working towards the achievement to be an ISO centre/library, constant improvement in our services remains the motto and guidelines of the library in line with the ISo principles and the vision of the Municipal Council.





  • (Adult and Children Lending Sections)
    •           Weekdays                                                                           9.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
    •          Saturdays                                                                            9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.
  • Cybercafé


    •          Weekdays                                                                           9.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
    •          Saturdays                                                                            9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.


  • Reference Section
    •          Weekdays                                                                           9.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
    •          Saturdays                                                                           9.00 a.m. – Noon




  •      Weekdays                                                                          Noon – 5.30 pm
  •      Saturdays                                                                           9.00 a.m. – Noon
  •     School Holidays                                                                 9.00 a.m. – Noon   





        A.    3.1 CAMP LE VIEUX MINI LIBRARY:          


                 3.2 MARE GRAVIER MINI LIBRARY:



·         Weekdays                                                                           2.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.


·         Saturdays                                                                            1.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.



        B.    3.4 PLAISANCE MINI LIBRARY (Émile Duvivier Social Hall):





·         Weekdays                                                                           2.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.


·         Saturdays                                                                            Noon – 4.00 p.m.






·         Weekdays                                                                           3.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.


·         Saturdays                                                                            Closed



        D.    3.7 STANLEY MINI LIBRARY:




·         Weekdays (Monday, Wednesday & Friday)         3.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.


·         Saturdays                                                                            Closed






LIBRARY membership Rules and Regulations




How to join the library

Filling of an application form in person at the Olof Palme Municipal Library


Download the application form from www.bbrh.org, fill it out and bring it to the main library.

Documents to produce:

  1.  I.D card of applicant (18 years old and above)
  2. Birth certificate(applicant < 18 years old)
  3. 1 Passport size photograph of applicant
  4. Valid proof of address e.g. CEB or CWA or Mauritius Telecom bills (Latest) of applicant and guarantor.
  5. Photocopy of I.D card of guarantor.



  • Membership to the library is open to the citizens of Mauritius.
  • Membership is free to the residents of Beau-Bassin/Rose-Hill and staff of the Council.
  • For Non-Residents of Beau-Bassin/Rose-Hill, a deposit (Rs 100) and an annual membership fee of Rs 100 are payable irrespectives of the types of membership (Adult or Junior)

Membership is not transferable.


Library Membership Card

  • Library membership card is compulsory for the issue of materials.
  • For lost/damaged of a library membership card, a replacement fee of Rs 25 is payable.
  • A fee of Rs 10 is payable for library card plastification on registration.




Lending Limitations

Adult Section:

  • A borrower may take up to four (4) items (books or magazines etc) simultaneously for a period of one month.

Junior Section:

  • A borrower is authorised to borrow a maximum of two (2) items (books or magazines) for a period of one month



Borrower’s Responsibilities

The library reserves the right to:

  1. Refuse to issue library materials to a user if he/she fails to return library materials in his/her possession/lost etc longer than the authorised period.
  2. Suspend a borrower’s subscription/account or declared inactive if found violating any of the regulations of the library.


Inactive Membership/Cancellation

  • A membership is declared inactive when a borrower is unable to conform to borrowing policies and procedures and may be subsequently subject to cancellation.
  • A borrower with an inactive/suspended account is not eligible for borrowing.
  • An inactive/suspended membership can be reactivated provided that the borrower fulfills conditions stipulated in a notification letter sent to him/her or else to pay all fees or amount outstanding or to abide to laws and regulations of the library.
  • For paid membership (Non-resident), any patron who keeps library materials for( more than 2 years), despite being notified, will have his/her deposit forfeited.
  • A subscription in “INACTIVE MODE” for more than 2 years will be cancelled.
  • Refusal to pay fines will lead to suspension of a membership and ultimately be cancelled after 2 years.



Overdue Fines

  • Rs 5 per week is charged for any library material kept beyond one month.
  • For fines accrued in one’s account for more than 30 days, no borrowing may be allowed.
  • Failure to receive reminder from the library will not excuse borrower from late charges.
  • Reminder may be sent either by email or post or else as may be decided by the library.



  • Patrons may renew materials either by phone, in person or else, provided that the materials have not been reserved or are not on the reservation list.
  • Renewal of the same item cannot be effected for more than thrice.
  • Item on Reservation list cannot be renewed.



  • A user may place on reservation only item on loan.
  • When a reserved item is available, the patron will be informed accordingly to pick up the item within 10 days from the date he/she has been informed.
  • Reserved item can be checked out only by the patron who placed the reservation.
  • Any reserved item not collected within the allocated time will be either passed on to the next patron on the reservation list or put in circulation.



  • Price charged per page : Rs 2
  • Only photocopy from library resources will be done for the general public and in conformity to the existing Copyright Act.




  • Bags and personal belongings should be left outside the library. It is advisable to keep your valuable items, money, laptop, cell phone and personal documents etc with you.
  • The library accepts no responsibility for any lost/stolen of bags, money, cell phone and personal documents etc
  • Eating, drinking and smoking are prohibited within the library premises.    
  • Cell phone use is restricted within the library. All phones should be either turn off or put on ‘silent mode’.
  • Loitering in the library without making use of its materials is not allowed. Aimless wandering within the library is equally prohibited.
  • Any conduct that interferes with another person’s use of the library service or materials is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

                                 i.            Loud activity

                               ii.            Conversation and behaviour that distract others.

                             iii.            Make bad use of library furniture, equipments and materials

                             iv.            Harassing others, either verbally or physically.


  • The library is not responsible for children left unattended in the library premises.
  • Patron shall be responsible for any damage to books/magazines etc borrowed. Patron may be requested to replace a damage book/ magazine by a new one of the same author or may be fined depending on the gravity of the damage.
  • A fine of Rs 10 is charged for damaged barcode.
  • The internet access time per user is 30 minutes.
  • Display of obscene pictures, provocation images and access to illicit sites are not permitted.
  • Use of electricity by the user from any existing electric point within the library premises is not permitted.
  • The library reserves the right to inspect any bags etc in search of library materials.

“Beau Bassin/Rose Hill:  Ville d’Excellence Votre Partenaire de Proximité”

Senior Librarian 
Municipality of Beau Bassin Rose Hill
Royal Road Rose Hill 
Tel: 4677883
E-mail: lib.bbrh@intnet.mu