USIU Library & Information Center

Seating Capacity

Fully automated with a seating capacity of 1200.

Can house up to 300,000 volumes.


More than 200,000 Volumes & 200,000 e-books, 90 print journals

Journal and eBook subscriptions: More than 40 databases.

Audio visual Materials : Over 6000.


Reference Collection

Have red label on the spine.

Cannot be checked out.

Includes almanacs, atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes, statistics, yearbooks, directories, etc.

Short Loan Collection

Materials on high demand are placed here.

Back issues of newspapers both local and international.

Student projects, staff papers, and magazines.

Loaned for a limited period of time ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hrs.

Used in the library only.

Course Text Collection

Course text to meet core reading needs in specific area of study.

Materials issued for the whole semester.

Issued at the Issue Counter

Special collections

They are located on the 2nd Floor and nclude Americana, Africana and UN Collections

Materials from these collections can only be used within the Library.

Located on 2nd Floor

Audiovisual Collection

This collection is located on the 1st floor.

Used in carrels or taken out

Return at the audiovisual issue counter.

Periodicals Collection

Current periodicals (recent 'loose' issues) arranged alphabetically by title.

Bound periodicals (Older issues bound as hardcover editions).

Use is restricted to the confines of the library.


Instructional Services

Training on how to use the library online catalogs and access the online databases.

Information & Reference Desk

Get research assistance from a librarian.

Ask where materials are located.

Get assistance on using databases.

Book for library instructional classes.

You can also get in touch with the information desk through libchat on


ID Card-operated copiers.

Please activate ID card at the computer lab in order to make copies.

Multimedia Research Center

Access databases, electronic journals & the Internet.

Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs)

  • Check items available in the library
  • Renewal of items through OPAC using library user PIN number
  • Placing items on-hold using the OPAC
  • Access of e- books (springer) through OPAC

NB: The library provides training on how to use the OPAC features

Check In / Check Out Counter

  • Check out library materials
  • Return library materials
  • Clear fines for overdue materials.

Security in the library

  • Access controlled through biometric system.
  • Security guards at the entrance.

Other Library Web Resources

  • Library Tour
  • Opening Hours
  • Collections and Services
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Staff Directory
  • Ask A Librarian
  • Tutorials
  • Recommend a Book
  • Internet Resources
  • Frequently asked Questions
  • Your Comments

Additional Information

  • Off Campus Access now available
  • Availability of study carrels for doctoral students
  • Access to eLibrary USA



Call 0730116254/294/364/371/611

Also check USIU library page on our website.

On-Line Databases

  • EbscoHost: Provides access to over 7000 journal titles.
  • PsycARTICLES: Is a Database of full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association the APA, EPF (Educational Publishing Foundation) and the Canadian Psychological Association.
  • Keesing online: covers significant political, historical, economic and social events throughout the world.
  • Business Monitor-Business intelligence and statistical information site.

NB: A complete listing of databases on USIU website and Library e-Resources brochures.

E - Books

  • EBSCO hosts over 1000 e-books on business, education, social sciences, humanities among others.
  • Taylor and Francis : 23,598 e-books.
  • Ebrary: 70,000 scholarly e- books.
  • Springer: Business and economics, Computer Science and Applied computing.
  • OARE: Environmental Science, Education, Biotechnology and Management.

NB: A complete listing of databases on USIU website and Library e-Resources brochures.

Accessibility To E-Resources

Wi-Fi Access throughout the library.

Resources have a central access through the libhub portal.

E-Resources can also be accessed off campus via a virtual private network (VPN).

Library Membership Fee

Alumni Membership Fee
1 Year Free reading in the library for paid up Alumni 5000(for borrowing priveleges)
3 Months 3000(for borrowing priveleges)
1 Year KES 10000
6 Months KES 6000
3 Months KES 4000
1 Month KES 2000
1 Day KES 100

Library Operating Hours

Monday - Friday 8.15 am - 9.00 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Sunday 11.00 am - 5.00 pm
Public Holidays CLOSED
Opening Hours During Vacation
Monday - Friday 8.15 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday and Public Holidays CLOSED

USIU-Africa Library Web Page

You can access the USIU-Africa Library web page to access news and events concering the library, FAQs and downloadable content on various aspects about the library