The university Library is charged with the task of supporting all the academic programs of the University, through the provision of adequate, accurate and relevant information to support the learning, teaching and research process of the University.

The Library collection covers a vast range of disciplines and includes a wide array of formats – from books and journals to manuscripts, maps, among others. Increasingly our digital repository is accessible via the university’s intranet while other digital collections are accessible on the Internet via the library website, library catalogue, or direct searching from the internet. Our library provides primary support to all our academic and research initiatives with quality information resources.


Library Membership

All registered students and staff of the university are free to access the library services.

Special information request from the public to use the library services have to be authorized by the university Librarian.

Both students and staff are expected to fill a library membership form available at the library.


Your Library account

As a registered student and staff of the university, you get access to a university ERP account. On the ERP account you can access the library portal where you can check your borrowing, track your account, reserve books, and get access to many other library services.

Your registration number or Staff number is often your username. Please always change your password as soon as you access your account.

Always contact ICT for help with your university account. As soon as you have access to u university account, then you automatically have access to your Library account



Reference materials

The library has a good collection of Reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, year books, directories, catalogues, atlases, almanacs, handbooks, among others.

These reference works are read/ consulted only within the library.


Books and Monographs

The library has a collection of about 100,000 books of multi-disciplinary coverage. These are classified according to Dewey Decimal Classification scheme (DDC).

This classifies knowledge into 10 major classes with many sub-divisions to cater for the various divisions of knowledge



The library has in stock a number of good reputable journals, periodicals, and essential reports, magazines and news-papers among others.



Lending services

The library offers lending services to the registered members for a limited number of days depending on the number of copies available on a specific field

Reference works such as print Journals, research reports/dissertations, news papers, are consulted only within the library


Interlibrary loan / Referral services

Users requesting for publications/information not available in the library can be referred to specific relevant institutions elsewhere. The library has the collaborative arrangement with such institutions.

Through inter library loan arrangement; we can acquire rare publications available in other institutional libraries on behalf of our clientele.


CAS-Current Awareness Services:

The Library exposes its clients to a wide variety of current affairs through provision of current news papers, reports, news about major events, among others


Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI)

The library can respond to the unique needs of its clients by providing various sources of data and information to support the research endeavors of clients in a compacted easy to use format


Document Delivery Services:

Researchers can order for rare articles pertinent to their research needs through the University Librarian, who then links up with the suppliers of such information.


User Education/Training:

From time to time, the library orients its new clientele with skills and knowledge of how to use the Library’s resources both print and electronic. Training is offered both at individual and group levels. Groups of users can book or make an appointment for training of library use. The training mainly entails bibliographic instruction, information retrieval skills as well as shelf browsing following the DDC scheme.



Our Library Rules present a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure within our library setting. These rules are put in place to ensure that we offer the best library services to our clients.  We want you to have a positive experience of library services and thus your cooperation in observing the regulations is essential for the common good.

  1. Everyone who uses University library services automatically undertakes to observe these regulations. Users who infringe these regulations risk library sanctions as well as any sanction applicable within University-wide policies and codes.
  2. Maximum silence and order must be observed in and around the Library
  3. Use of mobile phones i.e. receiving/ringing is strictly prohibited in the library
  4. Items may not be borrowed without the production of a valid Library card.
  5. You should not lend your card to anyone else nor allow any other person to use it unless permitted by a Librarian.
  6. No library materials of any kind may be removed until they have been issued to you. You are responsible for the condition of everything while it is on loan to you. Materials must not be damaged, defaced by writing or otherwise altered.
  7. Before leaving the University, please return all library items you have on loan. Any loss of library materials must be reported immediately.
  8. Handbags, paper bags and similar items, are not allowed in the Library. Users should ensure that these items are left at the property counter at the entry/exit of the Library. NB. Please note that the library does not take responsibility for loss of personal items brought to the library. You should therefore ensure that you attend to your property while in the Library.
  9. Stealing of any library reading materials/property is a criminal offence. Jackets, coats are strictly not allowed in the library
  10. Damaging of any Library reading materials/property is a serious offence
  11. Maximum cooperation with library staff is expected at all times in the library
  12. No eating/drinking/smoking in the Library. Exceptions for drinking may be accepted with slow spilling water bottles.
  13. All borrowed reading materials must be returned in time. A fine of 500/= will be charged for every day one stays with an overdue book. There is a grace period of one day only during which you should return overdue items without penalty. You may renew them in a grace period if they are not reserved by another user, but this can only be done at the library counter, not on-line.
  14. No library furniture should be moved out of the library.
  15. Respect the sitting arrangement in the Library (sharia)


Several services will be closed down up to 30 minutes before the doors are locked.

We ask users to respect opening and closing times.


Currently the library operates in shifts from morning till late in the night. Our staff are always present to provide library services in all sessions


Morning (Early session)

8:00 am – 12.30 pm


Afternoon (Mid Session)

2.00 pm – 6.30 p.m.


Night (Late Session)

8.30 pm – 11.00 pm



The Library Closes early on Friday during the morning (early) Session i.e. 12.00pm. this is done to provide enough time to allow members prepare for Al Jumah prayers.

The Library remains closed on all official days



Enquiry Desk

The Enquiry Desk is intertwined with the issue desk at the entrance of the main library.

Staff at this point can assist with all Library enquiries as well as non library related enquiries that we have answers to. 

In person enquiries can be made at any time when the library is open.


Email enquiries

These are mainly used by users that find it easy to communicate on via e mail. This service is also used when the library is closed. This enables the librarians in charge to give answers to users’ queries even when the library is closed.

Email: lib@iuiu.ac.ug

We hope that you enjoy your use of the Library and remember to contact our staff available for help.

Ask and you will be helped

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