The McMillan Memorial Library was built in 1931. Formerly a private institution, it became a public institution after being taken over by Nairobi City Council in 1962. Its name has on occasion shifted from Nairobi City library to Sir Northrup McMillan Memorial Library, to its present McMillan Memorial Library. It is located next to the Jamia mosque in Nairobi’s Central Business District. The library features a wide collection of books and other publications as well as being home to parliamentary archives. As of the year 2002, the library housed over 275,000 volumes including an Africana collection. Furniture by the famous writer Karen Blixen can also be spotted in the premises.