Following extensive renovations in over fifty years, the Sir Albert Cook Medical Library has been officially handed over to the Makerere University Administration by Stanbic Bank Uganda who contributed over UGX197 Million towards the project.
The University library was established in 1924 by Dr. Albert Cook and houses an archive of his original handwritten patient notes dating back to 1900. In 1965, the medical library was renamed after its founder.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Stanbic Bank Uganda Chief Executive, Patrick Mweheire said the bank was extremely proud to play a role in promoting science education, while preserving a very important part of their heritage.
“As a bank, we believe in building upon such legacies because they allow us to create a better tomorrow for Ugandans through increased literacy and the advancement of Education,” he said.
Making his remarks as guest of honour, the Chairman of Council Dr.Wana Etyem said, “This is a huge milestone for the library given that it was last renovated in 1968. The current renovation has certainly put the library to a higher standard that will provide a conducive environment for the students, staff and researchers to efficiently execute their work.”
The renovations of the library funded by Stanbic Bank Uganda included major structural repairs, painting works and an extensive cleaning up operation.