About us

The library is an academic unit of the Open University of Tanzania. The major mission is to provide high quality information services, which support teaching, learning, research, and consultancy services to the community. And it plays a vital role in the local learning community by working in partnership with other information providers.

The Open University of Tanzania Library has three Departments namely Readers and Technical Services, Documentation, Regional and Outreach Services.

The University Library service network comprise of the Main Library at the Head Office, Mini libraries in the Regional and Coordinating Centres and Tanzania Library Services Board (TLSB) Network that is accessible under special arrangements.

In the Regions where there are no TLSB libraries the university has requested some public institutions to stock the learning materials in order to meet the informational needs of our students. Among these are :Kibaha Education Centre-Coast, and Central Peoples Library of Zanzibar and Pemba.


Information Resources Available

The Library website acts as a gateway to a wealth of research and learning materials, including Electronic Journals, Open Course Ware, Electronic Books, Electronic Theses and Dissertations and Open Access Resources.

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Membership and access to library services is open to all Non-degree, Undergraduate and Graduate students, Academic, Research and Administrative staff of the university and alumnae. Other users such as visiting Researchers and Members of other Universities are allowed to use the library at the discretion of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Learning Technology and Regional Services), Director of the Library Services or Director of Regional Centres.


Opening Hours

  • -  Monday to Friday from 8:45AM to 9:00 PM
  • -  Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • -  Sundays and Public Holidays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM

On line Public Access Catalogue.

The Open University of Tanzania Catalogue is called KOHA which implies gift in Maori. It provides bibliographical information of library information resources available in the main library and in the regional centres. The entire catalogue is available online.

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Services and Facilities

The following are services which are offered by the OUT Library at the Head Office and some of its Regional Centres:

  • -  Reading and studying facilities
  • -  Lending books within the University Compound
  • -  Inter-library loan Reference Services
  • -  Newspapers
  • -  Photocopying
  • -  Internet and CD-ROM services
  • -  Information Literacy Training
  • -  Audio-visual cassettes/tapes services

User Training

The library conducts Information Literacy sessions to enable users effectively exploit the resources available. Users are trained in searching skills, accessing and evaluating information sources.

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Behaviour in the Library

  • -  Silence is required in the reading rooms.
  • -  Persons causing unnecessary disturbances may be requested to leave.
  • -  Smoking is strictly forbidden
  • -  Food or drinks are not allowed in the reading rooms
  • -  Use of cellular phones in the reading rooms is not allowed
  • -  Defacing, marking or furnishing of books and other information materials is strictly forbidden.

    For further information please contact the Director of Library Services: librarian@out.ac.tz

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