Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers about Book Bunk.
Book Bunk Trust is an incorporated Charitable Trust founded in 2017 by Angela Wachuka (publisher) and Wanjiru Koinange (writer) for the sole purpose of restoring public libraries in Nairobi. Our work is inspired by a fundamental belief that libraries today can offer much more to its publics, serving as centres for art, learning, history and community. We’re governed by a Board of Trustees, steered by our founders, guided by an Advisory board (coming soon) and championed by a growing network of friends, partners, supporters and learners.
We started with research. These libraries have always been championed and frequented by active users who have shared desired improvements and other key usage data. Our first action was to speak to general audiences and to then co-design some art and creative showcases in these spaces as part of the overall restoration, which has included a public call-out to host experiences for Nairobi residents as well as a call-out for volunteers to share skill sets. A full restoration, in our view, means updating social, experiential, physical and digital lives of these libraries.
Not presently. We have our hands full with the three locations in Nairobi at the moment – a great opportunity to learn and apply this elsewhere, once we’ve earned our stripes and tested our model!
No. We are working in partnership with custodians of these spaces, and situating our work within the particular histories and cultures of the spaces and their communities. We also host weekly tours highlighting these histories
Yes, our events and sessions are all targeted at the communities living around the respective libraries. We host quarterly community feedback sessions for updates on the progress of things, as well as input from library users and surrounding communities.
Additionally, we extend work and other opportunities to local residents – as at March 2020, Kaloleni Library’s restoration had employed 28 Kaloleni residents, providing carpentry, roofing, painting works, general cleaning and other labour required.
While we work to improve the membership experience, library users who wish to access the collections can acquire membership from Nairobi City County in person at the McMillan Memorial Library on Banda Street. We will notify the public when a new membership system is in place and in the meantime, sign-up to receive membership notification in future.
Book Bunk is currently not mandated to rent out any of the library spaces for private events. We are currently working on the terms as well as prerequisite repairs required to make this a seamless experience. We will share a rate card as soon as we have one – sign up here for alerts.
We share all call-outs for interns, volunteers and others via our social media pages and on our website. Our last call for volunteers closed on 31st March 2020.
We’re creatures of the internet! Links to all our social media platforms are available below.