The main University Library

The main university library,is known as John F.Kennedy Memorial Library, opened in August 1969.It is located at Sidist Kilo in the main campus of Addis Ababa University. It primarily holds library materials on humanities and social sciences and serves almost all the University community and registered external users .The main library also renders centralized technical processing services (such as acquisitions of information resources, cataloguing and ICT related services) to all branch libraries organized under the university library system.

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Mission of the Library

Addis Ababa University Library serves and promotes the teaching, learning and research environment where information resources are made accessible for those who are engaged in the pursuit of knowledge and excellence in teaching, learning and research. The library primarily supports its parent organization, a student-centered and research-based higher education institution through provision of library and information services.

We do this by:

  • Selecting and acquiring relevant library materials, organize and provide access to information resources in print and electronic formats.
  • Providing facilities and services to all Library users.
  • Meeting instructional and research needs of the University‚Äôs community of Library users.
  • Providing information literacy training to all Library users and encourage self-reliance in selection and use of information resources.

In order to meet its objectives, the AAUL has organized its collection in one main library and eight branch libraries attached to different faculties of the library.

Library Units and Departments

Technical processing
  • Acquisitions Department
    This department is in charge of selecting, ordering, acquiring and
    organizing all the collections in the Library. Books are acquired in accordance to the standard acquisition policy by setting priorities based on the information needs of users. Overall, this department handles selection of all library resources for procurement. All AAU Libraries units and branch libraries forward their request for information resources to be purchased to Acquisitions Department.
  • Cataloguing department
    Departments such as the Acquisitions and Cataloguing, process all books and materials acquired through the Acquisitions Department and send them to the departments in the Main as well as branch libraries after the classifying and cataloging tasks are done. Each branch library has its own processing desk at the cataloguing Department. This department also prepares and periodically disseminates electronically accession lists to the University community as part of its current awareness services.
  • Computer and Information Retrieval Center
    The AAUL system delivers electronic information services to users in literature searches from databases, e-mail, and online public access catalogue (OPAC). The AAU Libraries subscribes to more than 15,000 full text, scientific journals and scholarly databases from different publishers and suppliers.
    The AAUL conducts workshops and training session on information literacy skills and also holds consultative meetings with other college and university libraries in the country. This is done as part of AAU Libraries resource sharing initiative.
    Most of the programs were carried out with the cooperation of Program for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) in Ethiopia. PERI is a UK based program that supports capacity building in the area of research in developing and transitional countries by helping in the production, access and negotiation with publishers of journals, in effect, facilitating easy access to information and knowledge. PERI was founded by International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) in cooperation with partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and also with research partners and librarians in the New Independent States.
    Effective usage of information and communication technologies in libraries, universities and research institutions in developing world is one of the most important objectives of the PERI programs. The Addis Ababa University Libraries negotiated the entry to this program in 2002 and has been the coordinating institution in Ethiopia since then.
  • Binding Unit The AAU Libraries has its own mechanism for the preservation and maintenance of its print materials. For this purpose, it has its own Binding Unit which binds paperback books into hardcover for longevity, and consecutive periodicals in volumes, binds theses and also undertakes repair and maintenance of damaged library materials and other office use.

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