17 Jun 2013

Bougainville library set to open, more books needed

6:38 pm on 17 June 2013

A New Zealand-run campaign to build a library in formerly war-torn Bougainville in Papua New Guinea is still looking for support from New Zealanders.

The library, in Arawa in central Bougainville, is being officially opened this Friday.

The four-year long project was initiated by New Zealand writer, Lloyd Jones, whose award winning book, Mister Pip, is set in Bougainville during the civil war.

The Bougainville Library Trust's Pete Carter, who will be at the opening, says they have sent about 5,000 books but it wants to send another container with twice that number later this year.

"We are continuing to raise funds to enable us to buy books. We have a collections policy for the library so that we are trying to ensure that we get books that are completely appropriate for the audience that will be reading them. So ideally we are raising funds to buy the books based on what is needed there."

The Bougainville Library Trust's Pete Carter.