Preserving Rwanda's archives and promoting a culture of reading

WELCOME TO THE RWANDA ARCHIVE AND LIBRARY SERVICES AUTHORITY

The home of Rwanda’s past, present and future archives and your one stop centre for information about the country’s libraries.

The Rwanda Archives and Library Services Authority (RALSA) is an important source of learning about Rwandan culture, history and society through archives and libraries. Our mission is to safeguard, preserve and share the historical records of Rwanda.

We also manage Rwanda’s public libraries. Here you can find information about the records held by the RALSA, which were gathered from across Rwanda and date back to the 1930s. We also collect archival documents, preserve them through digitisation and make them accessible in libraries across the country and online.

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Young Rwandans trained to index national archives

Partner of the Rwanda Archive and Library Services Authority, Aegis Trust, has trained a team of young volunteers in indexing to help preserve and make accessible RALSA’s digitised archive of historical documents. The indexing process encompasses classifying, describing and ascribing a date to the digitised content. The training brought together 36 volunteers who were selected … Continued

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Third Annual Book and Reading Festival Kicks Off Across Rwanda

  Rwanda’s third annual Book and Reading Festival has kicked off today with the launch of a community library in Rulindo, Northern Province. Themed ‘Literacy for Self-Reliance’, the festival aims to promote a reading and writing culture, raise awareness about the role of libraries, and calls upon parents to instil a reading culture into their … Continued

Book and Reading Festival 2015

The Ministry of Sports and Culture through the Rwanda Library Services and its partners organised the Book and Reading Festival 2015. The theme of the festival was “Literacy for Self-Reliance”, or Dusome Duharanira kwigira in Kinyarwanda. The festival took place from 16-20 February 2015. The main purpose of the Book and Reading Festival was to promote and … Continued

International Literacy Day: Rwanda Library Services organizes reading promotion activities

Rwanda has joined the rest of the world this September 8th, 2014 in celebrating International Literacy Day. As promoters of literacy, Rwanda Library Services in partnership with Save the Children organized reading promotion activities at the library on 8th September 2014 and attended the Rwanda Reads General Assembly. 8th September 2014 Planned Activities: From 10:00am … Continued

Third Annual Book and Reading Festival Kicks Off Across Rwanda

16.02.2015 Rwanda’s third annual Book and Reading Festival has kicked off today with the launch of a community library in Rulindo, Northern Province. Themed ‘Literacy for Self-Reliance’, the festival aims to promote a reading and writing culture, raise awareness about the role of libraries, and calls upon parents to instill a reading culture into their … Continued

ARCHIVES

The Rwanda Archives and Library Services Authority is responsible for preserving Rwanda’s national archives. This includes collecting historical records from public and private institutions, preserving them and making them accessible to all.

The oldest documents in the archive date back to the 1930s. Millions of pages of documents form the national archives and are organised and digitised to help the public find records useful to them.

LIBRARY SERVICES

The Rwanda Archive and Library Services Authority manages Rwanda’s public libraries. We distribute resources to libraries across Rwanda and inspire communities to get involved in reading activities to enrich their knowledge.

As part of our work, we organise events including annual book and reading festivals. These initiatives involve communities from around the country to promote a reading culture and improve literacy.