A former Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Alexander Kwapong, has donated his personal collection of about 1000 books to the Balme Library of the University.
Prof. Kwapong, who served as the first Ghanaian Vice-Chancellor of the University between 1966 and 1975, presented the books spanning several fields including Classics, Higher Education, Capacity Building, Distance Learning, and International Development to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, at a short ceremony at Legon.
Speaking after the presentation Prof. Kwapong reminisced on events during his tenure both as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor. He recalled lectures he presented to students on the importance of reading to avoid becoming “illiterate graduates”. He suggested the integration of the Hall libraries into the main university system because as he put it, “the library is the life-blood of the university.”
Prof. Aryeetey expressed appreciation to Prof. Kwapong for helping to augment the University’s library resources. He expressed optimism that students and other users of the library would access the hidden treasures in the books.
The Acting University Librarian, Ms. Gifty Boakye gave assurance that the books would be preserved and that steps would be taken to ensure that they were not “mutilated” by users. She spoke of measures that have been taken to automate the University’s entire library system, as well as other security measures that been put in place.
Prof. Kwapong was accompanied by his daughter, Mrs. Korantema Adi-Dako. Present at the ceremony were Mr. J. M. Budu, Registrar, Mr. Philip Mandy, Director of Finance, and Mrs. Stella A. Amoa, Acting Director of Public Affairs, as well as officials of the Balme Library.
Earlier, Prof. Kwapong called on the Vice-Chancellor in his office where he had discussions with him.