Ivory Coast's national collection of books are now available to the country's readers at the new national library which was officially opened by President Felix Houphouet-Boigny on Wednesday (9 January).
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Background: Ivory Coast's national collection of books are now available to the country's readers at the new national library which was officially opened by President Felix Houphouet-Boigny on Wednesday (9 January). The new buildings in the capital, Abidjan, can hold up to 300,000 volumes, twenty times the number on display at the opening. It also offers facilities for 280 readers at any one time.
Canadian Government money financed almost two-thirds of the cost, with the Ivory Coast providing the remainder. The total cost was 750 million CFA frances.
Seven librarians, 12 assistants and several others are employed by the new library under the director, Mme. Liquez Laubhouet. After the opening ceremony, she showed President Houphouet-Boigny over the building, which also houses a 250 seat conference room, as well as film and record libraries. A former Canadian Minister, M. Lionel Chevrier, also attended the opening as the Canadian government's representative.