See that entrance over there? Want to check it out?
Really warm now....
Hot!!! Want to go inside for a tour? Come on in!
Welcome! We're pleased to see you here!
(The gentlemen second from your left has been a security guard on our site since the very beginning. While we were still fundraising and not yet building, he herded goats on the land.)
The front entrance, from the inside.
Welcome again! My colleagues and I are in front of the library's front desk in the main hall. From your left to right: Paul Masterjerb, who has worked on the Kigali Public Library from the very beginning. Next, Jolly Mazimhaka, President of the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga when this picture was taken. Finally, all the way right is Janepher Turatsinze, the first Executive Director of the Kigali Public Library.
Looking at the entrance hall from the third floor.
Looking from the main floor towards the elevator, a central computer cluster to easily lookup library resources, and some of the periodicals.
The elevator shaft and central computer cluster.
Looking from the main floor towards part of the ceiling.
The children's reading room. (Don't tell anyone, but this is my favorite room in the whole library.)
Just a bunch of kids hanging out in the children's room.
The children's computer cluster.
Entrance to "The Kids Hall," where we'll host dedicated children's events.
"The Kids Hall." Few adults have ever seen inside. But then we already knew you are special.
The main computer center. This cluster of 35 terminals is the largest of several computer clusters throughout the library, which also has wireless Internet access.
Comfy and spacious.
Part of the non-fiction section.
Another part of the non-fiction section.
Yet another part of the non-fiction section: history and geography!
The atrium, looking down from the main floor.
Front door to the Executive Director's office.
The main reading hall.
The view out of the library's rear window from the main reading hall.
Side staircase. Let's go checkout the rooftop cafe. All this touring around has made me thirsty!
Door to rooftop.
Is that a rooftop cafe over there? Why yes, I think it is!
Part of the rooftop cafe. May I bring you a cold drink while you enjoy reading that book?
Or would you just like to enjoy the view?
Or maybe spend time with friends and colleagues?
We're still working on outfitting the cafe. But can't you just taste all the yummy treats that will fill these displays?
I think my friend Sam Dusengiyumva was a cafe manager in another life. Look how naturally he poses there.
Rooftop view of the United States Embassy.
OK, back inside. Going down 3 floors on the central staircase to the ground floor. Another reading hall.
Central staircase, from the ground floor.
More of the fiction section.
Young adults' section.
More of the young adults' section.
Atrium, from the ground floor.
The largest meeting room. It's a multi-purpose space that can be configured however you want.
Huge, comfy couch!
Indoor bridge connecting parts of the third floor. The reference section is in the distance
The front window.
More of the reference section
Benches outside the reference section.
Our tour is, unfortunately, drawing to a close. Back outside. View of the United States Embassy across the street from the library's front entrance.