Our reading room is ready for use. It is located within the CPAR Uganda Lira Learning Centre on Plot 5 Makerere Road in Lira Municipality, right opposite the Lira District Local Government Offices; and within a serene environment that is ideal for academics, researchers and other practitioners to dig into vast resources and to generate new knowledge. A wealth of knowledge is hosted in it in the form of thousands of academic publications and hundreds of novels.
Academic publications in our reading room are of different disciplines, including: food security, nutrition, health, water, agriculture, forestry, environment, land, pastoralism, development, aid, culture, history, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, sociology, gender, children, education, veterinary, zoology, biology, philosophy, politics, literacy, literature, poetry, satire, theatre, journalism, geography, economics, finance, math, fundraising, science, engineering, evolution, religion, psychology, justice, human rights, chemistry, physics, management, computers, and more.
Periodicals and peer reviewed academic journals are among the publications in our reading room, including: The Guardian Weekly; The Independent; Africa Renewal; Spore; Agriculture Review; Field Exchange; D+C; National Geographic; Health Insights; Surgical Clinics; Journal of Speech – Language Pathology and Audiology; Infection Control Canada; Management; and Forced Migration.
Without the support of our partners, our good intentions and efforts would have not borne fruit. We are therefore eternally grateful to our partners for gifting us publications; a gift that will keep on giving. The bulk of publications currently in the Library were gifted by: Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR), Vijana Corps, Mr. Stan Burkey, Dr. Ben Jones, and Ms. Norah Owaraga. We have received promises of publication gifts from others, and when we have collected and received them we will up-date accordingly.
Access to our reading room resources, including study areas, is for a small fee to enable us to maintain it. Our staff members are on the ground and they will let you know what the fees are.
Our reading room is serviced by a canteen, which provides soft drinks and snacks. The library users can take breaks and buy soft drinks and snacks from the canteen, which they can take while enjoying the sights and sounds within the extensive grounds of our Lira Learning Centre. Lunches can be made available, on advance order, from our kitchen at the centre, which specializes in serving meals in the cuisine of the region.
And there is more, the access fees that you pay not only give you access to a wealth of resources, they, in addition, will enable CPAR Uganda to serve our constituency. They enable us to fulfill our objective of building healthy communities in Uganda.