Frequently asked Questions - USIU-Africa Library

Answer. Membership is open to all registered students of the University and members of staff and faculty. The library is accessible to alumni at a fee of Ksh 5000/-. For short period memberships of up to three months, a fee of Kshs. 3,000/= is charged. Others, external institutions and external users, may use the library following approved by the University Librarian.




Monday to Friday

8.15 a.m. - 9.00 p.m.


9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.


11.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Public Holidays



Monday to Friday

8.15 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.



Sunday and Public Holidays


Answer. USIU library has subscribed to various e-journals and e-books. There is a guide in the library listing all these databases that covers a wide spectrum of subject areas. Click here for a detailed list.

Answer. Have your user name and password activated at the ICT center, after which you can utilize the credentials to log in at the multi media center in the library. You can also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have your log in credentials activated please click here for a complete list of the eResources.

Answer. OPAC is available both on campus and off campus. When you are off campus you can log on the library web page and click on the OPAC link. Alternatively, you can type the following url addresses or

Answer. You can utilize either the library user ID or Student ID together with PIN to log in into the OPAC to renew your items, review the items on your account, change your address or place items on hold. The user ID is the barcode number listed at the back of your ID, student ID is your student identification number while the user PIN is generated by the system in the library. Before making use of this service, ensure that there is no pending item on your account.

Answer. You can get your PIN by accessing the information desk on the library second floor, the reference and Instruction Librarian's office on first floor, The User Service's Librarian's office on the ground floor or simply sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Alternatively you can call 0730116254/294/364/371.

Answer. Most books may be borrowed. Periodicals, reference, short loan materials are for use in the library only. Items for loan must be taken to the Issue Desk. Issuing of library materials stops 15 minutes prior to the library's closing. Loan period:-

Faculty; 15 books for a month

Doctorate; 15 books for one month

Staff; 6 books for 2 weeks

Students; 10 books for 2 weeks

Alumni; 2 books for 2 weeks

All registered members of the library may borrow audio visual materials for a period of three (2) days.

Answer. Arrangements should be made very quickly by the person who has lost the Card to get a new card because they will not be issued with books from the library until they bring the card or acquire a new one. Issuing of Library materials is mainly done using the card. However, one should report the loss of the ID card to the librarian to have his/her account blocked temporary, pending the issuance of a new ID card.

Answer. The student multipurpose identity card can be used on any of the two card operated photocopier/printer, which are located on the second floor next to the MFI office. All the listed copyright regulations must be observed.

Answer. An item can be renewed twice after which it should be returned to the library and reissued should such an item not be on hold.

Answer. When a library signs a license with a vendor for a product, the library provides a list of IP addresses that represent the parent organization's network to the vendor of the resource. When a person attempts to access a restricted resource the vendor's system checks the user's IP address. If the address falls within the range of addresses associated with one of their customer libraries, access is allowed. This arrangement works very well for those people who access the resource within the organization's network, but it fails to provide access to home users and others on a computer with an IP address associated with an independent Internet service provider (ISP)

Answer. You can simply email through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request for library training. The tutorials cover information about the OPAC and how to access electronic resources.

Answer. Recommendations are made through the Librarian in charge of acquisition. One can also fill in the form and recommend online

Answer. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. alternatively you can call 730 116 254/294/364/371/611


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Course Text
0730 116 235/371

Information desk
0730 116 371/364

Reference and Instruction
0730 116 254

User Service Librarian
0730 116 294

Issue Desk
0730 116 549/252

0730 116 227

0730 116 319/372

Liaison Librarian
0730 116 611

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