Service points at John F.Kennedy Memorial Library
The Reference Service is located at the ground floor of the library building and serves as a starting point for using library resources. Supports the teaching learning & research activities of the university by familiarizing users with the library and various information sources. This department is responsible for responding to users queries, facilitating their access to the reference collections in all formats, developing web-based instructional materials and give instruction in person to library users.
User Education and Instruction
• Library Orientation: - at the beginning of each academic year the library organizes an orientation program for newly enrolled students to familiarize them with the libraries resources and services.
• Guided Tours: - Library tours and visits are given to students, University staffs, and external visitors with permission to visit the library and only by appointments.
• Detailed Library/ Information use Instruction: - the reference department gives detailed library & information use instruction on continuous bases. Such kind of instruction would be given based on the request made by academic departments, instructors, graduate/undergraduate students, etc.
The reference Department handles interlibrary loan services through which the University library may borrow materials from other libraries and also lends its materials to other libraries.
Contact Us By:
Visit or Call the reference desk located on the first floor of the library.
Documents/ United Nations Depository Library
The department holds the United Nations publications like books, Journals, Reports and meeting papers focusing on different issues like population and demography, Education, World Investments, Tourism, Privatization, Poverty, Agriculture and Food program, Energy, Migration, Woman Studies, Child labor, Human rights and the like which enlarge the research and course base activities in the university.The documents are published by different UN organizations especially by UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, ILO, etc. These documents can be found in soft copy on
http://UN.documents.org or http://ods.un.org
The circulation department is the frontline of the Library System, where the library resources are channeled directly to the user community.
Circulation Loan Periods
• Membership of the University Libraries is open to all currently registered staff and fully enrolled students of the University.
• All library users are responsible for library materials charged to their assigned ID card. Patrons are held responsible for returning library materials and must pay all fines incurred in their account. If you give materials for a friend, classmate, etc, you are still responsible for items charged under your ID. All obligations to the library must be cleared by patrons prior to leaving the Addis Ababa University.
• All items may have their loan periods renewed by the circulation desk staff, unless the item has been requested by another borrower.
• Library users may request for a book to be reserved when the book required has been borrowed by other readers.
• The university librarian may recall any item on loan from any borrower at any time, especially if the material is requested by another user.
• Reserve items may be either Library Reserve (reserved by the Librarian for spot reading only) or Course Reserve (reserved by instructors).
• Overdue fines are 25 cents per day per book for all students
Lost or Damaged Books
• Individuals who lost a book will be charged a processing fee plus the cost of the book and any applicable fees.
Library pockets (Cards) are issued to all library users in order for them to be able to borrow books on the long loan policy. One pocket is equivalent to one book and the number of pockets issued depends upon the type of user.
• All students, faculty members, and staff are required to clear their library account with the University at graduating or leaving the university.
The library provides photocopying services to the users on charge.
Ethiopian Collection Department
Ethiopian collection department holds materials on Ethiopia written in any Ethiopian languages as well as in any foreign languages or materials written by Ethiopians in any languages regardless of the subject matter treated.
(Link to Ethiopian Collection catalogue)
This department serves students with visual disabilities by supporting them in using adaptive technological services with the state-of-the-art computers. This department delivers books and internet services to its users.
Periodicals department holds a number of periodical publications like Journals, current local/foreign newspapers, newsletters, pamphlets and Brochures.
• Monday to Sunday: 24 Hour Service
• Semester Break: 8am – 6Pm
• Holiday closures (National) 2004 E.C. (2012):
January 8, 2012 – Closed for Ethiopian Christmas