Zimbabwe Library Association

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Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA)
PurposePromoting Library Development [1]
HeadquartersHarare, Zimbabwe
Official language
English, Ndebele, Shona
Mr. Jerry Mathema
Mr Macdonald Nhakura

The Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA) is an association that represents library, records, archives and information professionals in Zimbabwe. Membership for those who wish to join the association is voluntary.


Zimbabwe Library Association formerly Rhodesia Library Association (renamed 1980) is run by a National Executive Council (NEC) whose members are elected for two-year terms. There are five branches covering all ten provinces. Branches are supported by Special Interest Groups. The business of ZimLA is guided by a Constitution and Rules of the Association.

Former names

  • Central African Branch of the South African Library Association (1947)
  • Library Association of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1955)
  • Central African Library Association (1964)
  • Rhodesia Library Association (1967)
  • Zimbabwe Library Association (1980)


The Zimbabwe Library Association has five branches, namely;

  • Manicaland
  • Mashonaland
  • Masvingo
  • Matabeleland
  • Midlands

The Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA) recognizes and has interest groups for librarians who wish to work together.


There are three Library consortia in Zimbabwe, namely, the Public Library Consortium (PLC), College and Research Library Consortium (CARLiC) and the Zimbabwe University Library Consortium (ZULC)

Public Library Consortium (PLC)

The Public Library Consortium is made up of public libraries and is yet to be officially launched. The consortium will provide a platform for public libraries to interact and share resources.

College and Research Library Consortium (CARLC)

The College and Research Library Consortium (CARLiC) was formed at a workshop for librarians held at Mont Clair, Nyanga, Zimbabwe in 1999. The members include Polytechnics, Teachers Colleges, and libraries of the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development. The goal of the consortium is to promote Library cooperation and resource sharing among member institutions.

Zimbabwe University Library Consortium (ZULC)

The Zimbabwe University Library Consortium (ZULC) was established in 2001 with an initial membership of six university libraries. It was formed to provide leadership in access to knowledge and to promote information resource sharing and networking in support of 'human capital development. The consortium is keen to expand membership beyond the traditional university and college members to include NGOs, research institutions and government departments. It is working on a recruitment strategy in order to grow over the coming years.

Library Trusts

The Library association works with trusts towards the establishment and or development of libraries. The following is a list of trust(s) that work with the association;

The Zimbabwe Rural Schools Library Trust (ZRSLT)

The Zimbabwe Rural Schools Library Trust (ZRSLT) made a first with the musical album, “Libraries without boundaries”, that was voted into the world library marketing and promotion’s top ten projects in the IFLA PressReader International Marketing Awards for 2019 competition.

Partners and Friends of Libraries

ZimLA works with individuals, private businesses, organisation and friends of libraries to support the creation or development of libraries. The Swedish Library

Association was a cooperative partner to ZimLA. ZimLA is also a partner of the #SheSaid Zimbabwe Mashonaland and Matabeleland 2021 Campaign [2] [3]

Programmes, Activities and Events


The International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) Africa Sub-Saharan Region hosts a joint Pre-Conference with the Zimbabwe Library Association every year prior to the Zimbabwe Library Association’s Annual Conference and General Meeting. The first edition was launched in 2009 . Information professionals/school librarians, educators/researchers, principals, teachers in charge of libraries, school development chairpersons and teachers' college librarians are invited to participate in the pre-conference on school librarianship.

Annual Conference

The ZimLA) holds an annual International Conference under a theme set for that year. This conference bring together scholars & Information professionals from different Library and Records disciplines to avail opportunities brought by the emergence of new technologies and the subsequent rapid developments obtaining in the dynamic 21st century library and information service environment. The Conference provides a platform for the establishment of technological transformation in the information field among national and international researchers and experts, as well as introduction of national and international best practices in these fields. The conference is hosted by one Branch on a rotation based framework.

Branch Workshops

Workshops are hosted by the association’s branches and are usually run under a theme for that activity. The workshops may also be sponsored or run with a partner organisation.

Zimbabwe International Book Fair librarians Workshop

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association (ZIBFA) is a non-profit making association of professionals from the literary community within and outside Zimbabwe. ZimLA holds a seminar for librarians at the ZIBF which has been regarded as Africa's premier book and publishing trade fair.


The association is invested in the establishment of a number of projects that include the following:

National Library Policy (NPL) of Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe Library Association (ZimLA) held an Advocacy and National Information Policy Formulation (NIP) Workshop at Cresta Lodge, Harare from 5 – 6 May 2016. The workshop was designed to build capacity for Librarians to enable them to effectively advocate for Access to Information for All. It was also meant to equip Librarians with skills to design, develop, implement, monitor and review a National Information Policy (NIP), either as a standalone policy or as a section in the National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy that is currently in its draft form.


ZimLA Newsletter

ZimLA published the ZimLA Newsletter with support from IFLA from 2001 to 2003.

Zimbabwe Librarian

The official journal the Zimbabwe Librarian used to be known as the Rhodesian Librarian from 1969 to 1979. The ISSN number for ZimLA librarian is 1015-6828 according to issn.org.

ZimLA Affiliations

ZimLA is a member of the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA). The association is also a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

See also

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