The existing Ardhi University Library is a result of institutional transformation, programme which has taken place over the years. Prior to its current university status, the library used to serve the information needs of the Survey Training Centre for training specialized land surveying techniques. In 1971 it served the Ardhi Institute, offering professional diploma level training. On October 24, 1974 Ardhi Institute was made a Parastatal organization under the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development. In July 1996 it became UCLAS; a constituent college of the University of Dar Es Salaam until March 2007 when the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H. E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete declared UCLAS an independent University, thus Ardhi University was born.
Therefore, the Library as integral part of the University owes its history from the growth and development of its parent institution now offering library information needs of undergraduate, and postgraduate students, lecturers, researchers, and practicing professionals within the framework of the existing university clusters/units such as: School of Architecture and Design (SADE), School of Real Estate Studies (SRES), School of Construction Economics and Management (SCEM), School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) School of Environmental Science and Technology (SEST), School of Geomatics Science and Technology (SGST) and 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).
The University Library is located in the four storey building facing the main entrance of the university nearby the administration block. It is organized into four departments namely: the general administration, Reader Services (Lending), Technical Services, Reference and Periodicals (Special Reserve) and the ICT Clusters. The Ardhi University Library’s unique collections and resources are by and large made of print and none print materials like books, journals, newspapers, magazines, computers, scanners, a CD – Writer and other ICT equipment. It has an Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), which is a key searching tool to its materials accessed from any place where internet connectivity exists.