The Library

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 the oppressed people in the 3rd world countries.

The library is the unique Municipal Public 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.  Internet access is free and wifi facilities are available in the main library as well as in branch libraries.

Since December 2011, membership is free to the residents of Beau Bassin Rose Hill.

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.

 

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, Camp Le Vieux, Mare Gravier, Chebel, Plaisance, Trèfles, Mont Roches, Stanley and Les Chebecs.  

 

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 or on website bbrh.org
  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.

 

Borrower and circulation information:

How to join the library

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

OR

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

  • Documents to produce:
    1. N.I.D card of applicant (18 years old and above)
    2. Birth Certificate (applicant<18 years old)
  • N.I.D card of parent for applicant<18 years old
  1. 1 Passport size photograph of applicant
  2. Valid proof of address e.g. CEB or CWA or Mauritius Telecom bills (Latest) of applicant and guarantor
  3. Photocopy of N.I.D card of guarantor

Membership

  • 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.

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

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.

Renewals

  • Patrons may renew materials either by phone or call in person, 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.

Reservations

  • 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.

Photocopies

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

 

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:  09.00-16.00

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 Mid December

•May to October

 

•School Holidays

Weekdays:      12.00-17.30       

Winter Time:  12.00-17.00

                                                  (Closed on Wednesdays)

Weekdays:    9.00-12.00;

                      13.00-16.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Saturdays :   9.00-12.00

2. Mare Gravier Mini Library

 

Hossenally St., Mare Gravier,

Beau Bassin

•Mid January to Mid December

•May to October

 

•Mid December to Mid January

Weekdays:     14.30-17.30      

Winter Time: 14.30-17.00

                                                    (Closed on Tuesdays)

Weekdays:     14.30-16.00

 

Saturdays :     13.00-16.00

3.  Trèfles Mini Library

 

J. Rougeot Polyvalent Centre

Dr. Ferrière St., Trefles,

R.Hill

•Mid January to Mid December

•May to October

 

•Mid December to Mid January

Weekdays:     14.30-17.30      

Winter Time: 14.30-17.00

                                                    (Closed on Fridays)

Weekdays:     14.30-16.00

 

Saturdays :     13.00-16.00

4. Camp Levieux Mini Library

 

Ave. Crétin, Camp Levieux,

R. Hill

•Mid January to Mid December

•May to October

 

•Mid December to Mid January

Weekdays:     14.30-17.30      

Winter Time: 14.30-17.00

                                                    (Closed on Tuesdays &

Weekdays:     14.30-16.00           Thursdays)

 

Saturdays :     13.00-16.00

5.Chebel Mini Library

 

Mere Thérèsa Social Hall

Chebel Branch Road,

Beau Bassin

•Mid January to Mid December

•May to October

 

•Mid December to Mid January

Weekdays:     14.30-17.30      

Winter Time: 14.30-17.00

                                                    (Closed on Mondays &

Weekdays:     14.30-16.00           Wednesdays,Fridays)

 

Saturdays :     13.00-16.00

6.Les Chebecs Mini Library

 

Sir Gaetan Duval Municipal

Centre

 

•Mid January to Mid December

•May to October

 

•Mid December to Mid January

Weekdays:     14.30-17.30      

Winter Time: 14.30-17.00

                                                    (Closed on Tuesdays &

Weekdays:     14.30-16.00           Thursdays,Saturdays)

7. Plaisance Mini Library

 

Emile Duvivier Social Hall

Sister Marie Clemence,

Plaisance

•Mid January to Mid December

•May to October

 

•Mid December to Mid January

Weekdays:     14.30-17.30      

Winter Time: 14.30-17.00

                                                    (Closed on Mondays &

Weekdays:     14.30-16.00           Wednesdays,Fridays)

 

Saturdays :     13.00-16.00

8. Stanley Mini Library

 

Berthaud St., Stanley

R.Hill

 

•Mid January to Mid December

•May to October

 

•Mid December to Mid January

Weekdays:     15.00-17.30      

Winter Time: 15.00-17.00

                                                    (Closed on Mondays,

Weekdays:     13.00-16.00          Thursdays, Saturdays)

9. Roland Moothoo Library

 

Mozart Lane,

Trefles

•Mid January to Mid December

•May to October

 

•Mid December to Mid January

Weekdays:     15.00-17.30      

Winter Time: 15.00-17.00

                                                    (Closed on Tuesdays,

Weekdays:     13.00-16.00          Wednesdays, Fridays)

 

Saturdays :     13.00-16.00

10. Mont Roches Mini Library

 

Raymond Rivet St.,

Mont Roches

 

•Mid January to Mid December

•May to October

 

•Mid December to Mid January

 

Weekdays:     15.00-17.30      

Winter Time: 15.00-17.00

                                                    (Closed on Tuesdays,

Weekdays:     13.00-16.00          Thursdays, Saturdays)

Contact Us :

Telephone:-4542181 (Direct line)/4549500 (Ext. 164)

Fax : 4549509

Email Address : mbbrhmunlib@gmail.com

Website          : www.bbrh.org