Mzuzu University (Mzuni) vice-chancellor Robert Ridley says the university needs billions of kwacha to construct a new library and furnish it.
He said the old one, which caught fire on December 18, was burnt beyond rehabilitation.
In response to a questionnaire, Ridley said the university now needs a library bigger than the one that was razed, adding that the new library would have a seating capacity of over 1 000 students.
“To construct the library, the university will need billions of kwacha. If the university gets adequate financing, it will take about two years to design and build the new library,” he said.
“Those wishing to assist in rebuilding the library can donate to ‘Mzuzu University Library Fund’ Standard Bank, Mzuzu, account number 0140036228300 [kwacha account] or 0240036228300 [foreign denominated account].
“Further information can be obtained from Mbachazwa Lungu on 0888 824 095 and 0999 274 224 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Meanwhile, on Monday Anglia Book Services donated K10.4 million worth of books to Mzuni, a gesture Ridley said is the beginning of rebuilding.
He said: “It is a substantive donation. K10 million is a major donation; more than symbolic. It is a boost in the rebuilding of our library.”
Anglia higher academic development manager Eugene Milundo said apart from the donated books, the institution intends to offer some electronic books to address the hurdles that go with the hard copy books. n