Mr. Abdu Karim Isala

University Librarian

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Busitema University Library is located on MainCampus in Busia District. The library serves the University Community and the Public.

Busitema University Library aims at achieving the University objectives which are to support Teaching and Learning, Research and Community outreach. These objectives are achieved through provision of a well-managed information stock and a tranquil study environment.

The library has a collection of both hard and soft forms of information source materials. There are 10990 hard copies, which include books and periodicals. The University also collects, and subscribes to, electronic resources to access full-text journals, company information, e-books, reference books, economic data, digital images, industry profiles, market research and career information in electronic form. The on-shelf hard copies and e-resources cover a range of disciplines including basic sciences, health sciences, applied sciences, education, arts and humanities, and social sciences. These resources can be accessed and utilised either within or outside the library.

The Library offers a range of services including: Information Provision and Reference, Internet and E-Resource, Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), Patron Administration, Charging and Discharging, Current Awareness Service (CAS), Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI), User Education, Information Retrieval and Dissemination, Reprographic Service, Binding and Repairs.

The Library fulfills its mandate through continuous:

  • Acquisition of information source materials through purchase and receiving donations
  • Processing of newly received materials by recording, cataloguing and classification
  • Organizing library collections by arranging them in an order that facilitates location, access and retrieval.
  • Stock-taking, which is normally done to have a record of library stock so as to have information on lost stock, obsolete stock, up-to-date stock and discipline strengths.

The library has continued to expand both physically and electronically. It is now in the initial stages of extending library services to Nyabikoni campus and School of Medicine. In the foreseeable future, book banks or resource centres or branch libraries shall be established in faculties, schools and institutes.

As part of furtherance of easy access to e-resources and physical material information resources, the University Library service fully embraces ICT in all its operations and service delivery. The target is a full-fledged digital library where the physical library acts as a strong back up.