Wednesday, 20 June 2018 08:20

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The three universities that have campuses in East London have clubbed together to build a R200-million library for students to be located at the University of Fort Hare’s East London campus.

The three universities that have campuses in East London have clubbed together to build a R200-million library for students to be located at the University of Fort Hare’s East London campus.The massive project is being funded by government but the Walter Sisulu University has contributed a portion of the funds.

The building, which is situated at the intersection of Oxford and Church streets, and through to Hill Street in the vicinity of the East London Magistrate’s Court, will cater for students from Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu as well as University of South Africa.

UFH spokesman Khotso Moabi said: “This library is envisaged to have a capacity to deal with the volume of students from all these universities, and to be easily accessible to students and staff of these institutions.”
He said the facility would cater for about 18000 students and have the capacity to seat at least 2500 students at any given time.

Currently Fort Hare students have to make do with the current library, which has limited material to accommodate the needs of the ever growing university community in East London, while WSU and Unisa students rely on the Buffalo City libraries based in Vincent and the City Centre, both of which have limited material to accommodate students’ academic demands.

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