The first library was founded in 1990, under a tree in Accra, Ghana’s capital, when Canadian Kathy Knowles, who was then living there with her husband, John, and family, read books to neighbourhood children.
On Nov. 13, 1992, the first permanent library opened in a converted 40-foot shipping container with Joana Felih taking charge as its full-time librarian.
Since its beginning, OCLF/OLF has built eight freestanding libraries in the Greater Accra Region and has helped more than 200 smaller library initiatives in the country along with assistance to projects outside its borders. Local municipalities are responsible of payment of salaries and utilities.
Sharing the Joy of Reading with African children
Creating vibrant libraries stocked with meaningful books and friendly librarians
Fostering community partnerships to ensure sustainability
Encouraging expression through performance and visual arts