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Welcome to our Library
Welcome to the University Library
Dr. A. M. Kabudi – Library Director
B.Sc.(Dar), M.A.(Lib.) (Sheffield), Ph.D.(Humboldt, Berlin)
The University of Dar es Salaam Library is the first and the largest University library in Tanzania. It was first established in 1961 as the Library of the Dar es Salaam University College, a constituent college of the University of East Africa, based at Lumumba Street in Dar es Salaam. The Library moved to its current premises at the Hill alongside with the College in 1964. The College Library became the University of Dar es Salaam Library by the Act of 1970, which established the University of Dar es Salaam.
The vision of the library is to become the centre of excellence in information provision in the country, and its mission is to provide scholarly information resources to its current and future academic community to support the core functions of the university, which are teaching, research and service to the community.
Currently, the Library has two sister libraries located at the two constituent colleges of the University of Dar es Salaam namely Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) and Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE). The Library also provides technical expertise to college, school, and departmental libraries established at the Main Campus.
Since its establishment, the University of Dar es Salaam has expanded not only in academic programmes but also in student enrollment. For example, student enrollment rose from 2,000 in the 1980s to almost 10, 000 in 2003 and currently it is at over 15,000. In response to the changes that are taking place, the library expanded its services and reading materials both print and electronic. The library has a collection of over 500,000 book titles and 3,000 journals of which 146 are current printed journals, manuscripts, macro materials, maps, etc.
The library also subscribes to full text electronic journals and bibliographic databases as well as CD ROMs. It has an Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) for searching library materials and has computerized its borrowing and lending activities. To facilitate easy access, it conducts Information Literacy programmes to staff and students.
In the new organization structure, the library has three departments namely Reader Services, Technical Services and Research and Special Collections. These are subdivided into sections: Acquisitions, Reference, ICT, Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, Law and East Africana. In addition to the provision of Information Services, the University Library also conducts Library and Information Science training at Masters and Ph.D levels.
You are all welcome to the Library to explore the available resources and facilities.