Library Rules and Regulations

All readers must adhere strictly to the following regulations while using the ARU library.

a. Admission to the Library
b. All members of the College are entitled to use the library as readers.
c. The Library Department head may admit readers from other institutions to use the library under specified library procedures.
d. Silence must be observed in the library.
e. Smoking, the consumption of food and drink, the use of razor blades, and marches are prohibited in all parts of the library.
f. Briefcases, hangings and wearing overall coats pullover will not be allowed in the library. Such items must be deposited at the clock room.
g. Every user must show his/her books at the checkpoint when walking out the library.
h. The right of borrowing of books is accorded to all members of the College, but

  •  No person may exercise the privilege of borrowing a book until such times he/she has filled the library Registration Form which signifies that he/she will have read these rules and regulations and agreed to abide by them;
  • No book shall be removed from the library and regarded as borrowed until it has been properly issued to the borrower after presenting a borrowing ticket which bears the borrowers name at the Issue Desk where the due date (return date) is stamped.
  • A Special Reserve book shall be borrowed to be used within the library by surrendering Identity Card.
  • The borrower in whose name a book is issued shall be sorely responsible for returning that particular book.
  • Students may borrow three books at one time.
  • Members of the academic staff are allowed to borrow five books at one time
  • Other members of staff can borrow two books at one time.
  • A library book shall be borrowed for a limited time of three weeks from the date it is issued.

i. Anyone who fails to renew or return books on the due date shall be liable to a fine of 100/= per book per day.
j. Readers shall retain their tickets in safe keeping; they are valuable documents, as a reader is responsible for the book borrowed against his/her ticket.
k. No reader may borrow a book without a ticket.
l. Borrowing tickets are not transferable.
m. Any lost ticket shall be reported to the library immediately.
n. Replacements for lost tickets are prepared after filling in a "Declaration form" to that effect and a charge for a lost ticket shall be 500/=
o. Replacement for lost books shall be the actual price of a particular book plus 50% of the actual price to cover administrative costs.

Existing Links, Partnership and Projects

The library has a close link with worldwide known books and journals donors such as ITC of Netherlands, individuals, institutions and publishers. Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) which sponsors the INASP electronic Journals programme of which Ardhi University is the member institution under the umbrella of Consortium of Tanzania Universities and Research Libraries (COTUL) which successfully managed to subscribe 21INASP e-resources.

Main Activities of the Directorate

Library collection
The University Library collections and resources consists of print, none print materials and various ICT equipments. The library acquires most of its reading materials through purchases from the University budget and donations. The recent stock taking shows that the library has 10195 volumes of books titles, 2048 periodical titles, 8 news paper titles, and 547 local contents (i.e. Thesis and Dissertation).

Special Reserve
These are materials with high demand needed by library users. Most of these books are dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, manuals, atlases, directories, bibliographies and referral text books. Given such a high demand from the students, these materials are for use within the library only and cannot to be borrowed for home use.

Lending services
The collections in the lending services include all textbooks and other materials with low demand though cover a wide range of all subjects taught at Ardhi University. They are in Open Access and well arranged on shelves to the extent that a library user can borrow them for home reading under specific library rules and regulations.

Periodicals and Newspapers
The library has periodical titles including 8 newspapers titles. Some of the periodical titles have been bound together in single volume to ensure durability. All periodicals and newspapers are to be used within the library.


Mandate of the Directorate

Ardhi University library serves the information needs of undergraduate, and postgraduate students, lecturers, researchers, and practicing professionals within the framework of the existing six schools namely: School of Architecture, Construction, Economics and Management (SACEM), School of Earth Sciences, Real Estates Business and Informatics (SERBI), School of Environmental Science and Technology (SEST) and School of Spatial Planning and Social Sciences (SSPSS).

The Library also caters for information needs of researchers in the aspects of human settlements, which are carried out and coordinated by the Institute of Human Settlement Studies (IHSS) and programmes of continuing education coordinated by Centre for Continuing Education (CCE). In regard to the widening of the University programmes and increase in enrolment of students it has called for equipping the library with materials and resources that can proactively respond to the current library users’ information needs within the overall new responsibilities of the library which include the provision of information, services, and materials to support learning, teaching, research, and consultancy services.

The library also has computer facilities with internet connections for the library users’ convenience, in a calm and relaxing environment, conducive for studying. At the moment the library has 42 sets of computers. Some of these computers are used for browsing materials from databases; internet and email services for students and staff and a few are used for administrative purposes. There is also a photocopy service.

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