Studying in the Library
Dr. Tirong arap Tanui,
at Main Campus
HISTORY OF MOI UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
The library was established in 1984 along with the University. It started its services in a small wooden building at a country hotel where students and lecturers were temporantly accommodated. In January 1985, the library was moved to the then new campus at Kesses and located in a three-bed roomed residential house. The library as it continued to grow and expand moved three more times within main campus before its final destination at the Margaret Thatcher Library (MTL) building. The University Library was established according to the then existing policy, to have one main library building to serve the needs of all university members. After 1990, the period of exponential expansion of academic programmes, branch libraries were soon established to cater for the needs of users geographically located away from the main campus.
At the inception of the university in 1985, the idea to construct a modern library building (now the Margaret Thatcher Library) was mooted, and the search for a donor begun. Eventually, the British Government agreed to fund the project at the cost of sterling pounds 7m. Lady Margaret Thatcher, the then British Prime Minister, made a historic visit to Moi University in 1987. The construction of the MTL begun in November 1990 and was completed and occupied in 1994. It is currently among the largest, fully equipped and well furnished university libraries in East, Central and Southern Africa region.
The University Library services comprises seven libraries. The main library being The Margaret Thatcher Library, which is located at the main campus. The branch libraries have been established to serve clientele either with special information needs or who are geographically located away from the main campus. The privately sponsored students has three libraries, the main currently located at Eldoret West Campus while the others are at Anex and Eldoret Hospice.
To be a user centred, focused and competitive University Library Service.
To satisfy all the time the Information needs and expectations of each individual user through the provision and exploitation of information resources and services.
- To continuously expand capacity to facilitate the university's core business of teaching, learning, research and extension.
- To acquire and manage relevant information materials and provide information services to the university community.
- Facilitate communication and dissemination and presentation of knowledge.
- Train users on information literacy skills in order to facilitate full exploitation of information resources and services; and
- Provide adequate and conducive environment for users.
Dr. Tirong arap Tanui,
P.O. Box 3900
Tel: +254 (0)53 43720