This facility is used to locate library information resources including books, AV materials, and journal titles. OPAC searches provide information on what is in stock in the USIU library. Always start here to find out whether your information needs are provided for @ your library. The OPACs accept any keywords, subject headings, author names and titles.Library PIN number is used to renewing items, reserving,, finding out the items you have checked out and other related services. The OPAC is available through the USIU Website and also by typing http://library.usiu.ac.ke



This database contains resources in business, education, social science, humanities, medicine, clinical pharmacology and newspaper source, health source database and regional business news.


This resource hosts e-Journals in Accounting and Finance, Built Environment, Business Ethics and Law, Economics, Education, Enterprise and Innovation, Environmental Management/Environment, Human Resource Management, Industry and Public Sector Management, Information and Knowledge Management, International Business, Language and Linguistics, Management Science/Management Studies, Managing Quality, Marketing, Organization Studies, Performance Management and Measurement, Regional Management Studies, Sociology and Public Policy, Strategy and Tourism and Hospitality among others.

Gale Thompson learning

This database contains e-Journals in humanities, social sciences, science and technology, psychology, computing, among others. This database meets research needs across all academic disciplines.


This full-text psychology database contains articles from highly-cited and landmark journals published by the APA

Wiley InterScience

Wiley Online Library hosts a broad collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. It provides access to over 4 million articles from 1500 journals.

Africa Journals Online

African Journals Online (AJOL) is an online service to provide access to African-published research, and increase worldwide knowledge of indigenous scholarship. Though for this database, one can only access abstracts.


OARE provides research in a wide range of disciplines, including: Biology; Biochemistry & Microbiology, Biotechnology, Genetics & Genetically Modified Species, Botany & Plant Biodiversity; Climatology, Climate Change & Meteorology; Ecology & Wildlife Conservation; Energy Conservation & Renewable Energy; Environmental Chemistry; Environmental & Natural Resource Economics; Environmental Engineering; Environmental Law, Policy & Planning; Fish & Fisheries; Forests & Forestry; Geography, Population Studies & Migration; Geology & Earth Sciences; Natural Environmental Disasters; Oceanography & Marine Biology; Pollution & Environmental Toxicology; Satellite & Remote Sensing Technologies; Soil Sciences and Desertification; Waste Management; Water, Hydrology & Wetlands; and Zoology & Animal Biodiversity.


JSTOR offers high-quality, interdisciplinary content to support scholarship and teaching. The JSTOR digital archive includes more than 1,500 leading academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work

Chicago Journals

Chicago Journals are available through JSTOR.


This resource contains extensive resources in Technical literature in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Electronics.


BioOne provides a unique aggregation of high-impact bioscience research journals, featuring timely content on a wide-array of today’s most pressing topics, including global warming, stem cell research, ecological and biodiversity conservation.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering a wide array of subject areas

Oxford Journals

Oxford Journals Collection includes a wide range of the world's most highly-cited and prestigious titles in the fields of medicine, life sciences, mathematics & physical sciences, law, humanities, and the social sciences.

Royal Society of Chemistry Journals

Scientific publisher of biology, biophysics, chemical science, materials, medicinal drug discovery and physics high-impact journals

Mary Ann Liebert Online

This resource contains content in the most promising areas of biotechnology, biomedical research, clinical medicine and surgery, engineering and technology, environmental studies and policy, law and economics, and public health.

Sage Journals

SAGE is the world's 5th largest journals publisher. SAGE portfolio includes more than 700 journals spanning the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology, and Medicine, and more than 298 are published on behalf of learned societies and institutions.

Taylor and Francis Online

Taylor and Francis Online encompasses over 1,600 titles and as one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals the content spans all areas of Humanities, Social Sciences, Science and Technology.

Cambridge Journals

Cambridge Journals publishes over 300 peer-reviewed journals, including journals published on behalf of over 100 learned societies, which form the latest in research and discovery across a range of topics.

Edinburgh University Press Journals

Contains a list of 43 journal titles in diverse areas in the social sciences

EBSCOhost EBooks

Contains over 3000 e-books on Business, education, social science, humanities among others


This is an online digital library providing access to over 70,000 scholarly e-books from academic, trade, and professional publishers. It covers a wide range of subject areas

Taylor and Francis

This e-Resource Contains 1,000 e-books on a wide range of subject specializations.


This is a collection of e-books on Business and economics, Computer science, professional and applied computing.


Business Monitor International

Business Monitor Online (BMO) is BMI's flagship daily online service, encompassing Country Risk, Industry Research and Company Intelligence across 175 markets, on one powerful platform.

Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews critically reviews the most significant primary research literature to guide researchers to the principal contributions of their field and help them keep up to date in their area of research. Each article is its own search engine, providing a gateway to the essential primary research literature referenced within each topic

World Bank Databases

WDI (World Development Indicators), GDF (Global Development Finance), ADI (Africa Development Indicators), and GEM (Global Economic Monitor).


This is the online version of Encyclopedia Britannica


(Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) is the world's largest think-tank, renowned for its authoritative, internationally comparable statistics, analysis, and outlooks in Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Environmental issues.


This resource contains up-to-date data political, economic, historic and social events. It is a record of world events.

Kenya Information Preservation Society (KIPS)

This is the Union List of Theses and Dissertations held by Universities and Research Institutions in Kenya

Lyell Collection

The Lyell Collection, created to mark the Geological Society of London's 200th anniversary in 2007, represents one of the largest integrated collections of online Earth science literature available. Bringing together key journals, Special Publications and Society book series on a single electronic platform, the Lyell Collection is a unique resource for researcher and student alike.

Henry Stewart Talks

This resource contains over 2,000 online seminars by leading world experts, covering biomedicine, life sciences, management, marketing, finance and many more topics.

IMF eLibrary

The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) eLibrary simplifies analysis and research with direct access to the IMF’s periodicals, books, working papers and studies, and data and statistical tools. You will find information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, poverty reduction, and so much more

Library Guide

Reference Collection

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, handbooks, yearbooks and other reference books are shelved on the ground floor, overlooking the Check in/ check-out counter.

Short Loan Collection

Recommended books, periodical articles, high demand magazines, journals and newspapers are placed in the Short Loan Collection. Also in this collection are staff papers, graduate students projects, and press cuttings. These are loaned for a limited period of time ranging between 30 minutes and 2 hours.

Audio – visual collection

The library has a variety of different types of audio visual materials which can be used in the library or borrowed for a limited period of time. This collection is housed on the first floor at the short loan section.

Course Texts

Course texts are issued to students to meet their core readings needs in their specific areas of study. These resources are loaned to students and faculty for an entire semester. They are issued at the beginning of each semester and must be returned at the end of the semester.


The section opens from 8.15 a.m -7.00 p.m (Monday – Friday) for the first four weeks of the semester and from 9.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m. for the first four Saturdays of the Semester. Thereafter, the section remains open from 8.15 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (Monday to Friday).

Africana Collection;

This is a collection of works by African authors as well as works about Africa. This collection provides readership and research content for those patrons who have an appreciation for this collection.

American Studies

This collection promotes a thorough understanding of the United States of America. It is open to the academic and research community in the East and Central African Region. These books are used within the library.

A General Works

B Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

  • B Philosophy
  • BF Psychology
  • BL-BX Religion

C Auxiliary Sciences of History

  • CSGenealogy
  • CT Biography

D History: General and Old World


F History: America

  • E United States
  • F United States Local History, Canada, Central & South America
  • 175-190 Maryland History

G Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

  • G-GF Geography, Oceanography
  • GN Anthropology
  • GV Recreation

H Social Sciences

  • HAStatistics
  • HB-HC Economics
  • HD Land, Agriculture, Industry
  • HE Transportation and Communication
  • HF Commerce
  • HG Finance
  • HJ Public Finance
  • HM-HT Sociology
  • HV Social Pathology, Social and Public Welfare, Criminology
  • HX Socialism, Communism, Anarchism

J Political Science

K Law

  • KF Law of the United States

L Education

M Music

N Fine Arts

  • NAArchitecture
  • NCDrawing, Design, Illustration
  • NDPainting
  • NEPrint Media
  • NK Decorative Arts

P Language and Literature

  • PA Classical Languages & Literature
  • PB-PHModern European Languages
  • PJ-PK Oriental Languages & Literature
  • PL Languages & Literature of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
  • PM American Indian Languages
  • PN Literary History and Collections
  • PQ Romance Literatures
  • PR English Literature
  • PS American Literature
  • PT Germanic Literature

Q Science

  • QA Mathematics
  • QB Astronomy
  • QCPhysics
  • QD Chemistry
  • QEGeology
  • QH Natural History
  • QK Botany
  • QL Zoology
  • QM Human Anatomy
  • QPPhysiology
  • QRMicrobiology


  • RA Public Aspects of Medicine
  • RB Pathology
  • RC Internal Medicine, Practice of Medicine
  • RM Therapeutics, Pharmacology
  • RT Nursing

S Agriculture

T Technology

  • TA-TP Engineering
  • TRPhotography
  • TSManufactures
  • TTHandicrafts, Arts and Crafts
  • TXHome Economics

U Military Science

V Naval Science

Z Bibliography, Library Science

Monday – Friday8.15 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Saturday9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Sunday11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Public Holidays


Monday to Friday8.15 a.m.– 5.00 p.m.


Sunday and Public Holidays


Ground Floor

The library entrance leads to the exhibition area and an open lounge.

The services located on this floor include:-

Information and control desk check in/ checkout counter, self-check out stations, periodical collection, reference collection, course text section, Online Public Access Catalog (OPACS), conference room, courtyards and reading space. University Librarian office and Senior Librarian User services office are also on this floor.

First Floor

This floor houses all the circulating collection from A to Z. The Short- loan section /Media Center, Instructional Room, Reference/Instruction Librarian’s office, Online Public Access Catalogs (OPAC’S), Study Carrels and information desk are also on this floor.

Second Floor

The second floor houses the Special collections. These are the Africana, American Studies and UN collections. This floor has the Multimedia Research Center which has been set up for the purpose of research. More study carrels and reading space. Information desk, Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs), Faculty room, card operated copiers and additional photocopying facility are also available on this floor.


A mixture of small and large study rooms destined to promote collaborative learning are available on the first and second floors of the library. Three of the study carrels on the first floor are fitted with video viewing workstations. Head phones are provided to ensure quiet listening

Literacy Program

Library Guide

Library Rules and Regulations

Off Campus Access Manual

Literacy Program

How to:



Reservation/Recall Service

Reservation of library materials that are on loan can be done at the check/out counter. As soon as an item is returned, that awaiting user will be notified. Users should keep constant checks at the check in/out counter. Items placed on reserve/hold will be held for 3 days, after which they may be returned to the shelves or given to the next person on the waiting list. Items required by another reader may be recalled and must be returned within 7 days.

Inter-library Loan

Materials not available in the library can be obtained through an inter-library loan service from other local libraries. Requests should be handed to the Senior Librarian, User Services. A charge may be made to meet photocopying expenses, if any. Users who wish to use another library may request for a letter of introduction from the Senior Librarian, User Services.

Recommending Materials for Purchase

Recommendations are made through the Senior Librarian, Technical Services and through “Recommend a book” on the USIU Website

Information Service

Assistance with general inquiries and more detailed subject and bibliographical work may be obtained at the Reference/ Instructional Services Librarians Office located on the first floor or information desks on the first and second Floor. Research inquiry forms are provided at these desks.

Instructional Services.

You can book for library instructional classes to learn how to use library resources. The Classes are held in the library instructional room located on the first floor. For more information, consult Reference /Instructional Services Librarian

Current Awareness Service

Subject classified lists of new books and journals are sent out to the university community through e-mail monthly.


The student multi-purpose identity card will be used on any of the two card-operated photocopier/printer, which are located on the second floor next to the MFI office. A cash photocopying service is also provided on this floor, provided the cash payments are made at the finance office. Photocopying services strictly observe the copyright laws.

The hours of service are:-

  • Monday – Thursday 8.15 – 6.00 p.m.
  • Friday 8.15 – 5.00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9.00 – 1.00 p.m.

Reader Places

More than 1200 reader places are provided on Ground, First and second floors.

Conference room

The library has a conference room on the ground floor for the official use by the university community. Booking must be done through Ext. 429 or 253 several days before the date of use.

Library Hours

Monday – Friday8.15 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Saturday9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Sunday11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Public Holidays


Monday to Friday8.00 a.m.– 5.00 p.m.


Sunday and Public Holidays