Ghana Library Authority

The Ghana Library Authority, established in 1950 as the Ghana Library Board, was the first public library service in sub-Saharan Africa. The public library movement in Ghana began in 1928, as a personal effort of the then Anglican Bishop Orfeur Anglionby of Accra. In 1946, the Aglionby Library Management Committee worked with the British Council Advisory Committee towards library development in the then Gold Coast. In 2018, His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo appointed a Ghanaian Social Entrepreneur, Mr Hayford Siaw as GhLA Chief Executive Officer.


The Ghana Library Authority, established in 1950 as the Ghana Library Board, was the first public library service in sub-Saharan Africa. The public library movement in Ghana began in 1928, as a personal effort of the then Anglican Bishop Orfeur Anglionby of Accra. In 1946, the Aglionby Library Management Committee worked with the British Council Advisory Committee towards library development in the then Gold Coast. In 2018, His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo appointed a Ghanaian Social Entrepreneur, Mr Hayford Siaw as GhLA Chief Executive Officer.
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