No doubt, during my schooling days, I was never fond of the idea of going to the library. The imagination of looking for and browsing at books for assignments was sheer slavery for me. However, my phobia soon dissipated after visiting Ekuthuleni Library at Bester. As they say: Every cloud has a silver lining.

Being a 23 year-old BA student, I am compelled to go to the library every two days a week to make use of the Internet and computer software. Since I do not own a computer, I use it at the library to type and submit assignments electronically as my lectures prefer typed to handwritten assignments as they are easy to read and less time-consuming to mark.

“It is what we make of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” These words were once uttered by the late Madiba. In reference to them I realised that I am privileged to have access to a library and it is only up to me to meet my government halfway and utilise the facilities and equipment at offer.

Accordingly, the library has changed my life in the sense that it has equipped me to be quick at typing as the computers are used by many people within the community, so one has to be fast as possible. It has also enhanced communication between myself and my lectures through e-mailing as I am a corresponding student at Unisa.

In essence, I would like to thank both my municipal government in particular and my 20 year young national government in general in fulfilling and preserving my constitutional right to information by giving us libraries with the latest technology and up-to-date books.