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
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)

·         Mid-January to Mid-December

 

 

·         Mid-December to Mid-January

 

Weekdays: 09.00 – 17.00

Saturdays: Closed

 

Weekdays: 09.00 – 16.00

Saturdays: Closed

 

1.2 Mini / Sub / Branch Libraries: Opening Hours

  Mini / Sub / Branch Libraries Opening hours
1 Maingard Sub Library

Marie Michel Utile Centre

Cr Maingard/Pope Hennessy St

Beau Bassin

1. Weekdays : 12.00-17.30 (Except on Wednesdays)

2. School holidays :

Weekdays : 9.00-12.00 ; 13.00-16.00

Saturdays : 9.00-12.00

2 Mare Gravier Mini Library

Hossenally Street, Mare Gravier, Beau Bassin

Weekdays : 14.30-17.30 (Except on Tuesdays)

Saturdays : 13.00-16.00

3 Trèfles Mini Library

J. Rougeot Polyvalent Centre

Dr Ferriere St., Trefles, R.Hill

Weekdays : 14.30-17.30 (Except on Fridays)

Saturdays : 13.00-16.00

4 Camp Levieux Mini Library

Ave. Crétin, Camp Levieux, R.Hill

Weekdays : (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) 14.30-17.30

Saturdays : 13.00-16.00

5 Stanley Mini Library

Berthaud St., Stanley, R.Hill

Weekdays (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) : 15.00-17.30

Saturdays : Closed

6 Roland Moothoo Library

Mozart Lane, Trefles

Weekdays (Monday & Thursday) : 15.00-17.30

Saturdays : 13.00-16.00

7 Chebel Mini Library

Mere Thérésa Social Hall

Chebel Branch Road, B. Bassin

Weekdays (Tuesday & Thursday) : 14.30 – 17.30

Saturdays : 13.00 -16.00

8 Les Chebecs Mini Library

Sir Gaetan Duval Municipal Centre

Weekdays ( Monday, Wednesday, Friday) : 14.30-17.30

Saturdays : Closed

9 Mont Roches Mini Library

Raymond Rivet St, Mt. Roches

Weekdays ( Monday, Wednesday, Friday) : 15.00-17.30

Saturdays : Closed

10 Plaisance Mini Library

Emile Duvivier Social Hall

Sister Marie Clemence, Plaisance

Weekdays (Tuesday & Thursday) : 14.30-17.30

Saturdays : 13.00 -16.00

 

  • Mini / Sub / Branch Libraries:

Mid-December to Mid-January –   Weekdays: 13.00 – 16.00

   Saturdays: 13.00 – 16.00