General Rules
1.    Smoking is not permitted in the Library.
2.    Consumption of food and drinks is not permitted in the Library.
3.    No bags, umbrellas, overcoats, etc except files and books may be brought into the Library. Adequate storage facilities have been 
       provided at the entrance to the Library.

4.    On leaving the Library, all users are required to produce for inspection all books and items taken out of the Library.
5.    Silence must be observed strictly in the Library.
6.    Mobile phones should be on SILENT MODE when in the library.
7.    Reservation of seats is not permitted. Books and other articles left for any length of time on chairs and tables may be removed by 
        the library staff.

8.    The Library staff on duty has the right to request a user to leave the premises if he is found to be violating any of the Library rules.
9.    11. The Library will not accept responsibility for the loss or misplacement of personal belongings.
10.    12. The Librarian may amend the Library Rules and Regulations as and when necessary.

General Loan Rules
1.  Only KarU students and Staff members can borrow Library materials.
2.  No books or library materials may be brought out of the Library until the loan has been recorded. Unauthorized removal of library 
     materials is regarded as a very serious offence.

3.  Library materials borrowed must be returned on or before the due date.
4.  The normal loan period for books is two days. The Library, however, may fix varying loan periods for different types of materials or 
     users as it deems fit.

5.  All borrowers must settle any overdue loans before they are permitted to borrow again.

E-Library rules
1.    Do not use the computers to do the following: 
•    Playing Games
•    Playing music
2.  Do not install or uninstall any program or service in any computer. 
3.  If any device of the computer is not working, do not fix it kindly report at the Help desk or staff in charge.
4.  You are allowed to use the computer for a time allocated by the librarian. If need be you can be asked to give others opportunity to 
    use the computers.

Overdue books
Books must be returned by the due date or earlier if recalled by the Librarian. Failure to return a book by the date specified will be fined. 

A fine can be imposed on anyone returning an overdue book. The rate will be Kshs. 5.00 per Hour for Normal Loan items and Kshs. 5.00 per hour for Short loan items.

Loss and Damage
Borrowers will be held responsible for materials out on loan. If the material is lost, an immediate report should be made to the Librarian to enable appropriate action to be taken. A borrower is allowed to either replace the book lost or damaged by purchasing it himself or paying the price of the book in addition to Kshs. 500 – administrative fee. All books replaced must be of the latest edition. If the book is one of a set or series they may be called upon to replace the whole set or series.

The main purpose of these rules is to safeguard the common interest of all users and to enable the Library to carry out its functions as efficiently as possible. Failure to observe the rules can lead to suspension from using the library.




It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Karatina University Library. The University Library is your gateway to information resources that will inspire and facilitate your research and study across all disciplines. We aim to enrich your time spent at Karatina University by providing quality service, comfortable and collaborative study spaces, and world-class collections.

The University Library provides user-centered service, which embraces the use of new technologies as well as traditional learning materials to inform and enable the educational process. 

Karatina University library system comprises of three campus libraries, namely;
.............1.    Main Campus
.............2.    School of Education Itiati
.............3.    School of Business, Karatina Town
Which together with the Schools enable the University to create, conserve and disseminate knowledge through Training, Research, Innovation and Community outreach.

Library services are key and central to enhancing the student and researchers experience through its resources and facilities, and this contributes to developing a skilled, innovative and employable graduate workforce. In addition, the Department aims to foster good relationships with local, national and international library and information services, especially those within the higher education sector to sufficiently meet its clientele’s information needs.

The library provides a high-quality study environment for users, combining collections, ICT and reprographic facilities under one roof; delivered by professional and highly skilled staff. We provide extensive print, electronic and special collections and continually develop our services. We have invested in a Library Management System infrastructure as well as introduced social platforms and improved ICT in information provision. Enquiry points and high staff visibility support our users across all campuses.

The Library Portal is the gateway for users to accessing the information resources the library holds and subscribes to. The federated search facility Custom Search Engine enables resource discovery of the e-library collections. The Electronic Library gives staff and students access to many academic electronic resources, ranging from Emerald, JSTOR to Wiley Online, as well as in excess of 200,000 eBooks and multiple eJournals.


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