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Library unveils virtual section

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Launched in March 2020, The City library, Abuja in Nigeria — a public facility serving the Federal Capital Territory has unveiled an upgraded Virtual Section to provide a digital library of titles for the Abuja community.

This is the results of a recent collaboration with DigitalBack Books (DBB).

DBB is a virtual library offering readers instant digital access to a diverse collection of resources from across Africa and its diaspora.

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The partnership will enable the library to champion easier access to books by and about Africa.

According to Neemat Abdulrahim, Director of the FCT City Library, “we are making the right decision at the right time as our community will now have access to a rich and diverse collection of Africa-centric online resources, including fiction and non-fiction titles, academic works and digital magazines curated from publishers globally.”

The library’s virtual services launch also comes at a particularly crucial time as public libraries and other institutions around the world go into physical lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and usage is expected to increase during this period.

“I am delighted to see this digital rollout launched in time to support the community during this period.” said Gersy Ifeanyi Ejimofo, managing director and founder of DigitalBack Books, “Working with the Library team to make this happen has been immensely satisfying as Abuja City Library now also joins a growing community of partner institutions harnessing the use of technology to provide access to an exciting plethora of Africa’s stories.”

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