A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE LIBRARY
The Library started in the year 2006 in a small temporary room with a seating capacity of 100 and a humble collection of about 200 textbooks which were transferred from the then mother University’s Main Library at Egerton Njoro. From the temporary structure the Library moved to a bigger library with a seating capacity of 500.
The Library was established by a senior Library Assistant who was transferred from Egerton University main Library. Currently, Chuka University Library System is decentralized and has six automated branches:
1. Old Library
2. Embu Campus Library – Started in November 2016
3. Faculty of Business Library – Started in September 2017
4. Igembe Campus Library – Started in March 2018
5. Faculty of Science Library – Started in May 2018
6. Faculty of Law Library – Started in October 2019
A Multipurpose Library is scheduled to be constructed soon to cater for the growing university population.
The library maintains a comprehensive collection of information materials in various formats including books, e-books, Journals, Magazines and newspapers for use by all faculties at the university. The library has also established and populated an Institutional Repository which is online all the time in an Open Access basis.
Library Services include lending of books, Current awareness Service (CAS), searching and retrieval of online and offline information, Reference service, reprographic service, Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI).
The Library has implemented the following policies:
(a) Collection Development Policy
(b) ICT Policy
(c) Reprographic Policy
(d) Institutional repository Policy and
(e) Information Literacy Policy
Services are offered to library registered users who include: -
· Academic Staff.
· Non-academic staff, and
· External users (As stipulated in Chuka University Library Policies).
To carry out basic functions of selecting, acquiring, processing, organizing and dissemination of relevant and up-to-date information in line with the mission of Chuka University.
A Premier Library in facilitation of users to access extensive range of information resources to enhance academic, research and training for sustainable national and global development.