Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology KWUST Library

Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology KWUST Library

Library Vision

To provide exceptional services to the needs of Kiriri Women’s University of Science and Technology scholarly community by building and maintaining a reliable collection in electronic format in order to support the university programmes. The library is developing user instruction and aims to provide adequate and appropriate physical and technological facilities to enable maximum utilisation of information resources. KWUST library will be a model for client-centred service excellence, providing information resources that enhance learning and teaching in an environment, both physical and virtual, that is inviting and user-friendly. The library will hold itself to high standards of expertise, performance and contribution to the larger effort, in an organisation that will enable and reward achievement of these high standards.

Library Mission

To support the teaching, learning, research in the KWUST community by using new technology in information retrieval. Providing access to the use of the scholarly information resources required to meet the education, research and service mission of the University. The library will support this effort by building, organising, maintaining and preserving these resources.

Providing assistance in the use of the scholarly information resources required to meet the education, research and service missions of the University. The Library will support this effort through interpreting, instructing and educating in the use of these resources.

Operating within a multicultural and rapidly developing environment, the library and its staff are committed to being active and creative partners in the teaching, research and other knowledge application activities of the university through service to the community by selecting, organising, presenting and preserving information resources for present and future scholarly community.

Library Tour

Our library services include Issue Desk, Short Loan, Course Text collection, Information Desk. General Circulation Books (A-Z), Course Texts and Reference Books are housed here. This floor also provides office accommodation for the Senior Librarian. The technical room is also located here where the processing and photocopying of materials is done.

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Opening Hours

Semester Session Vacation
Day Time Day Time
Monday-Friday 7.00 am-7.00 pm Monday-Friday 7.00 am- 7.00 pm
Saturday 7.00 am-7.00 pm Saturday 7.00am-7.00 pm
Sunday Closed Sunday Closed
Public Holidays Closed Public Holidays Closed


Library Books

Library Collections

Books and other library materials are located in different collections. Items within these collections are organised and shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification Scheme. The library, for various reasons, maintains open and closed collections.

Open Collections

Open Shelf collection: This is the main collection of books, which are distributed on the different levels of the library. Material from this collection may be borrowed for the normal loan period.

Reference Collection: Encyclopaedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other reference books are available.

Closed Collection

Short Loan Collection: Recommended books, periodical articles in high demand, magazines, journals and newspapers are placed in the short loan collection. Periodical articles in heavy demand are placed in the Short Loan Collection. Also in this collection are staff papers, graduate student projects, national newspapers and press cuttings. Materials are loaned for a limited period of time ranging from 30 minutes to 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.

Reservation / Recall Service

Reservation of library materials that are on loan can be done at the Issue Desk. As soon as a reserved item is returned, the awaiting user will be notified. Such users should keep constant checks at the Issue Desk. Items placed on reserve/hold will be held for 1 day 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 3 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. 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.

Photocopying Services

Photocopying facilities are available in the library at a fee of KES 3. Users are obliged to observe copyright law.

Library Rules

Period of Loan

Students may borrow (3) circulating books for a period of two (2) weeks.

Teaching staff may borrow six (5) books for two (4) weeks.

All registered members of the library may borrow audio-visual materials for a period of three (3) days.

Non teaching staff may borrow (2) books for a period of (2) weeks.

Penalties & Fines

The Senior Librarian is empowered to levy a fine for overdue loans in addition to recommending suspension as a result of infringing the Library Regulations or for any other misdemeanour relating to the library, including the removal, or attempted removal of material from the library without record at the issue desk.

Those who have overdue items or lost material shall not be allowed to borrow.

Library users wishing to take materials out of the library for photo copying purpose must surrender their National /Students ID cards.

Library users who loose materials will be charged for them at the current market price.


a) Circulating books
Books required by another reader will be recalled and must be returned within seven (7) days. Failure to do so will necessitate fines being charged at a rate of Kshs. 20.00 per day

b) Short Loan Collection 
Fines of Kshs. 25.00 per hour shall be levied on any borrower in the case of items returned late to Short Loan Collection.
Fines of Kshs. 50.00 per day per audio-visual material such as CDs shall be levied on borrowers who delay with such items.
Replacement value for lost manual accompanying an audio-visual item shall be at double the cost of the hard copy

Service Notice

Any notice will be sent to the last known address registered by the University Library. Failure to receive such a notice will not invalidate any subsequent action.


Most library material is protected by the copyright law, which makes deliberate infringements, such as unauthorised copying a criminal offence. Permissible copying limits of less than 10% of a book shall be made for academic purposes. All users of library materials and equipment shall observe these limits, whether on library premises or elsewhere.


The library management staffs has power to modify the Regulations as it may seem advisable and notice of any such modifications shall be posted on the library notice boards and at appropriate points in the library.