7 Havens For Accra's Bookworms

Libreria Books
Libreria Books | © Sylvia Arthur
Kwame Aidoo

In today’s society, where we are constantly seeking knowledge, access to information through reading is very important. This implies that there should be more libraries, book stores, and platforms promoting literature to enhance information sharing, storytelling, intellectual development, cultural activity and sustainable development. In Accra, these are seven bookworm havens everyone should know about.

Library user in Ghana

Libreria

Libreria in West Legon is Ghana’s first subscription model library dedicated to providing readers with high-quality African literature as well as contemporary international content. The founder, Sylvia Arthur, saw the need for a carefully curated fictional and nonfictional collection of African, African diaspora, travel writing, current affairs and children’s literature for interested Ghanaians.

What used to be 1,700 of her personal readings are now a fundamental part of a growing bookworm haven open to all ages. Since its opening on 15th December 2017, Libreria has organized talks, games and performance sessions to engage book lovers from all parts of Accra. In addition to providing the latest and best books which readers identify with, Libreria looks to stimulate and maintain active reading for kids through this fundraiser everyone should support.

Libreria Books

Balme Library, University of Ghana

Since its establishment in 1948 in Gold Coast (now Ghana), on what is now University of Ghana, Legon, the Balme Library, which got its name directly from David Mowbray Balme, has been one of the biggest bookworm havens in the capital and country. About 12 kilometres (7.45 miles) northeast of Accra central, you’ll find Balme: the oldest and largest of all Ghanaianuniversity and tertiary institution libraries.

Ever since the institution gained full university status, its 40,000+ students and those from outside institutions use the Balme Library on Mondays to Fridays from 9AM to 10PM and 8AM to 4PM on Saturdays. The original emphasis of the university was on the liberal arts, social sciences, basic science, agriculture, and medicine; but with time, more technology-based, vocational and postgraduate training programs were introduced, and as such, the library grew to accommodate literature from those subjects. It is one of the few libraries where you can find books on nuclear physics and engineering, also because only a handful of schools in Africa offer these courses.

Balme Library, W.E.B. Dubois Rd, Accra, Ghana

Balme library, University of Ghana – Legon

George Padmore Library

George Padmore, the leading Pan-Africanist, journalist, and author, left Trinidad in 1924 to study medicine in the United States, before moving to the Soviet Union where he worked on African independence movements. Padmore also lived for a time in Germany, France, and London, before moving to Accra late in life, where he died on 23rd September 1959.

In June 1961, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first Ghanaian president and a dear friend of George Padmore, set up the George Padmore Library on the Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue in Accra. Hard copies of rare African research work, African literature, history, languages, philosophy, stories and newspapers can be found here. Also, independent authors can acquire their International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) here.

George Padmore Library, Gamel Abdul Nasser Ave, Accra, Ghana +233 26 348 5254

Hands-on computer project in Ghana

Vidya or SyTris book stores

For warm and welcoming customer service as well as a good stock of contemporary books, check Vidya bookstore on the 18th Lane Oxford Street adjacent the Ivory Coast Embassy, or SyTris, located on the GIMPA Campus (in front of Mamphey Conference Hall) and SilverBird Life Style Shop, Accra Mall.

Place your orders for books you can’t find at Vidya for prompt delivery.

Vidya Bookstore, 18th Lane-Oxford Street, Accra, Ghana +233 24 426 2098

SyTris Bookshop, A&C Mall Jungle Rd, Accra, Ghana +233 50 744 4204

Osu Children’s Library

For the past 25 years, Kathy Knowles, the wife of a former gold mining employee from Canada, has helped to construct libraries in Ridge, Nima, Mamprobi, Nungua, Goi, Madina, Korle Gorno and other communities outside Greater Accra as part of the Osu Children’s Library Fund Project. In close partnership with local authorities and communities, the fund develops a network for book lovers, primarily in Ghana, where literacy, theatre, art, tech adoption, volunteering and publishing come together.

Book Collection

Multimedia Library Alliance Francaise

For French expatriates in Accra, as well as persons wishing to learn or improve their French, Alliance Française’s Multimedia Library houses over 8,000 books on French language and culture for general public use. There is also the Alliance Française Book Club, which started in May 2017 with the captivating book The Iced Water Seller by Mariska Darko.

Alliance Francaise d’Accra, Casely Hayford Rd, Accra, Ghana +233 50 128 7814

Radio and online hubs

Tune in to Writers Project every Sunday after 8PM to hear poets, storytellers and authors read their content on Citi FM in Accra and online, and do well to visit at least one of their amazing public readings in the capital. Afrolitt’ is your go-to vibrant readers’ dialogue web series. Also, Book Nook is your final online destination for antique books.

landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article