Kenya receives thousands of legal books from UK government

Legal volumes shipped to Kenya, as UK government legal department takes up online subscriptions.


Kenya has received a consignment of of thousands of  law books from the UK government legal department’s (GLD) library, which donated the books to the charity Book Aid International.

Online benefit

Over 3,500 volumes of legal materials have been sent to Kenya by the charity, comes as a benefit from online services. The donated books are no longer needed by government lawyers as they have been superseded by new online versions via subscription services. Commenting on the donation, treasury solicitor Jonathan Jones, said ‘I am very pleased that our legal books have been sent in to such a worthwhile charity, and they have been put to good use thousands of miles away. We’ve also sent other books and journals to the Supreme Court, Royal Courts of Justice and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office library. I am glad that we are able to share our knowledge base with law students and those who just want to know more about law, around the world.’

Put to good use

Giorgia Cerruti, the Book Provision Manager for Book Aid International, said ‘we so often get requests for law books, and do not receive enough donations to cater for the high demand, so GLD’s donations are really vital for so many of our partners. The books are amazing! The Kenya National Library Service is opening a new central library branch, and these books will be great to help start a legal section there. So as you see, we’ll put them to very good use!’ Book Aid International work with partners around the world, to ensure that books reach the communities who have the greatest difficulty accessing reading material. GLD have worked with Book Aid International since 2005.

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