DodoWorkPlay on Tour: the Library

This post continues our mini-series as we take DodoWorkPlay on the road. See the Café →

Grand Bay Public Library

We'd passed the library dozens of times, but hadn't taken much notice, despite the beautiful building. Set back from the road with a scruffy garden, it was just another landmark on Royal Road, the main route through Grand Bay.

But that changed this week, when the wind and rain - both side effects of rare winter cyclone Abela approaching Madagascar - prompted us to look for nearby indoor workplaces. The library was first on our list. Now that we're here the sun is out again, but we're glad we discovered it, and no doubt we'll return.


There's a peculiar request that backpacks are left in the rack near the door - but once we had signed ourselves in (and politely asked to keep our bags with us) we found ourselves in a quiet, comfortable place to work. We arrived at 12:30 (when the library reopens after lunch) and stayed for two and a half hours.

Grand Bay Public Library Opening Hours

Weekdays: 09:00-15:30 (closed for lunch, 12:00-12:30)
Saturdays: 09:00-12:00

Correct as of 20 July 2016

The library has two rooms - one mainly books, and reception desk, and the other with two large tables, plenty of chairs, and lined with reference and oversized books, personal collections donated to the library, and quotes about books and reading. It was in this second room that we settled. Unfortunately we didn't come across any accessible power sockets, so battery life is a limiting factor when working here.


The library is otherwise accessible and convenient. It has free parking, close proximity to the cafés, restaurants and shops of Grand Bay, and will benefit from WiFi which is supposed to be installed next week.

Our verdict

Connectivity: 2/5 (poor mobile reception, although (ADSL) WiFi is apparently coming soon)
Comfort and productivity: 4/5 (well-lit with plenty of space on two large tables, but short opening hours)
Creativity and inspiration: 3/5 (quiet, but lacks creativity-fuelling refreshments or an inspiring view)
View: 2/5 (surrounded by trees, but the small windows are a shame)
Overall: 3/5