The East African University Library is located at the East African University Main Campus, along Kajiado Namanga highway, a few meters from the main gate. The library is fully automated. KOHA, an Integrated Library Management System, is used to consolidate all the operations of the library. To be in-line with the requirements of the Commission for the University Education and provide quality information to the university community, The East African University Library is well stocked with current core print titles in each course and has also subscribed to thousands of online resources (e-books and e-journals) through through the Kenya Library and Information Services Consortium (KLISC). Its seating capacity is 200 users. The library provides an ambient and serene environment for reading, learning and research; and has therefore become a preferred destination for students and researchers. The library is being managed by a team of qualified and dedicated librarians with wealth of experience in serving library users. The library has eight functional sections namely: User Services, Periodicals, Reprographic, Research, Reference and ICT, Customer Care and Marketing, Technical Section and Audio Visual. The sections are discussed in details below.

 

User services

This sections is located close to the main Entry/Exit and deals with circulation of library items. At this point, charging (loaning), discharging (returning), reservation (booking) of books, registration of new library patrons and clearance of users  from the library membership takes place. For library patrons to duly have privileges of using library resources outside the library, they will be required to first register at circulation desk. The borrowing matrix is as follows:

Students:       4 items for two weeks.

Lecturers:      6 items for a month.

Other staff:    4 items for one week.

Patrons are advised to take care of items they borrow and return them on or before the date indicated on the due date slip.  Those who wish to continue using the items after the expiration date are urged to renew the items online or visit the circulation desk to extend the days of readership. Failure to comply with circulation rules shall attract a fine of 5 shillings per day for the days defaulted on long term items and ten shillings per day for short loan items. Kindly note that the fines charged are not meant to benefit the library or the university but to instill discipline in the use of library resources and achieve.

Periodicals

This section houses newspapers, journals and magazines. Library users come here to read newspapers for current awareness purposes, journals to gain more knowledge in their respective fields and magazines for sensational news. For the newspapers, the library acquires The Standard, Daily Nation, Taifa Leo, Business Daily, The East Africa and The Star. Available magazine are The Times andThe Management.The library is in the process of subscribing to more periodicals for wider  access to current awareness and emerging issues.

Reprographic

At this service point, library users get photocopying, printing and scanning services at an afford fee. It is worth noting that massive photocopying is not allowed. Photocopying is done for academic and scholarly purposes. The library stays true to the copyright law at all time.

Reprographic services charges are as follows:

  • Photocopy at 2 shillings per page
  • Printing at 5 shillings per page
  • Scanning at 10 shillings per page
  • Binding fee ranges according to number of pages to be bound

Research, reference and ICT

This sections plays an integral role in enhancing access and usage of library resources. The reference librarian is responsible for the following roles:

  • Teaching library patrons on use of the online public access catalogue (OPAC)
  • Teaching library patrons on access and use of online scholarly databases
  • Library patrons are taught how to do citation and referencing using software such as Zotero and Mendley
  • The librarian ensures that there is constant supply of internet in the library and does trouble shooting when errors occurs
  • Patrons are taught basic computer literacy skills to enhance usability of library online resources

 Customer care and marketing

This section is also known as the face of the library. It is aimed at create a mutual understanding between the library and the patrons. Complaints, compliments and suggestions are solved here.

Technical section

A crucial section of the library. Library patrons would hardly come in contact with section. Its primary goal is building the collection of the library. There are three sub-sections here. These are acquisition, classification and cataloguing and bindery

Acquisition: this sub-section is responsible for selecting and purchasing of library items (books and non-book materials)

Classification and cataloguing: this sub-section is responsible for grouping related materials together and data entry into the library catalogue. The main purpose of doing so is to facilitate ease of access and retrieval of information materials in the library shelves.

Bindery: this subsection is responsible for repair of library books and other information items because items get deteriorated with time as they are used. Binding enhances life a material. Other services offered here include binding of these for students and staff

TEAU Library Vision

To become a referral center in provision of information and knowledge in the country, region and the world at large.

TEAU Library Mission Statement

The mission of the library is  to support the educational objectives of the university through provision of resources in both print and non-print media; and to disseminate them to academic staff, researchers, students  and the surrounding community.

TEAU Library Objectives

The University Library aims at achieving its mission of providing information resources in support of the teaching, research and community endeavors of the university by striving to achieve the following objectives;

  1. Selecting and acquiring up-to-date information resources in all formats that are relevant to the information needs of the university.
  2. Organizing the collection using internationally accepted standards for easy retrieval.
  3. Adopting information dissemination strategies namelyCurrent Awareness Services (CAS) and Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) to ensure optimum utilization of available resources.
  4. Establishing, promoting and maintaining a wide range of services that will support the academic programs of the university and encourage optimum exploitation of the resources of the library.
  5. Building the information literacy skills of its users continuously by conducting proper user education and instruction through a variety of methods in order to provide guidance to the library’s collection for research, enlightenment and life-learning of its users.
  6. Recruiting, developing and retaining highly qualified, experienced and dedicated professional library and  information science staff  for  to offer high quality service to  users of the library.
  7. Adopting technologies that make information resources accessible to the university community in an efficient and effective manner.
  8. Formulating sound library policies that act as a guide to achievement of the library’s mission/vision

All library clients are supposed to abide by the rules of the library in order to ensure efficiency in service delivery within the library and provide a conducive environment for reading, learning and research. All library users are expected to observe the following:

  1. Order and silence must be maintained at all times in the Library.
  2. Smoking, eating, drinking and sleeping in the Library is prohibited.
  3. Briefcases, bags, overcoats, hats, umbrellas, etc, are not allowed in the library.
  4. All persons entering the library must show their university ID.
  5. All persons leaving the library must show all their documents to the Security staff at exit.
  6. Stealing or attempting to steal a library document or any of the library property is an offense. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against the offender.
  7. The library will not take responsibility for loss or damage of personal property left in the reading and baggage areas.
  8. Mobile phones and other devices likely to cause disturbances should not be used in the library unless their use is silent.
  9. Ink bottles, paints etc, which may accidentally damage library materials are not allowed into the library.
  10. Damage of library materials, equipment, property, or building is prohibited and must be reported immediately to a member of library staff. Those responsible must pay for the damage.

  • e-journals
  • e-books *link
  • digital collections *link

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The Library opening hours are as follows:

  • Monday to Friday : 8.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
  • Saturday                 : 9.00 a.m – 4.00 p.m

The Library is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.