When al-Qaida invaded the historic city of Timbuktu, Malian librarian Abdel Kader Haidara worked under the cover of night to save thousands of ancient manuscripts - documenting African knowledge in astronomy, poetry, religion and science - from the extremists.
The oldest library in the world, founded by a woman, is being rehabilitated by another woman. The al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco will reopen its doors in May 2016. The refurbishment came with its challenges and surprises for architect Aziza Chaouni.
South Africa's National Library Week, ending on 21 March, is being celebrated under the theme #libraries4lifelonglearning. Libraries play an integral role in societies, fostering a culture of learning. The City of Joburg is also pardoning people who have long overdue books, and users have till 31 March to have their fines revoked.