Uganda Community Libraries Association

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Kitengesa Community Library has been the site of multiple academic studies, and other member libraries have also been subject to research. Journal articles on member libraries include:

On Kitengesa Community Library

Parry, Kate. (2002). Literacy for development? A community library project in Uganda. Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa33(1), 142–168.

Dent, V. F. (2006a). Modelling the rural community library: Characteristics of the Kitengesa Library in rural Uganda. New library world, 107(1220/1221), 16–30.

Dent, V. F. (2006b). Observations of school library impact at two rural Ugandan schools. New library world, 107(1228/1229), 403–421.

Dent, V. F. (2007). Local economic development in Uganda and the connection to rural community libraries and literacy. New library world, 108(5/6), 203–217.

Dent, V. F., & Yannotta, L. (2005). A rural community library in Africa: A study of its use and users. Libri, 55(1), 39–55.

Goodman, V. F. D. (2008). Rural library services: historical development and modern-day examples from West Africa. New Library World, 109(11/12), 512–532.

Jones, S. (2009). The Community Library as Site of Education and Empowerment for Women: Insights from Rural Uganda. Libri, 59(2), 124–133.

Parry, Kate. (2009). The Story of a Library: Research and Development in an African Village. The Teachers College Record, 111(9), 2127–2147.

Dent, V. F. (2012). An exploratory study of the impact of the rural Ugandan village library and other factors on the academic achievement of secondary school students. Long Island University.

On other member libraries

Stranger-Johannessen, E. (2009). Student learning through a rural community library: A case study from Uganda. University of Oslo. Retrieved from

Parry, Kate. (2011). Libraries in Uganda: Not just Linguistic Imperialism. Libri, 61(4), 328–337.