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In the past, Library service have been slowed down due to financial constraints as the budget cut of time has almost halted the acquisition of new books and subscription of serials also has been discontinued since the beginning of 1988.

In the main time, student enrollment surged several folds, which made the library collection further strained, affecting the quality of the library’s services. Meanwhile, the necessary library supplies and facilities such as tables and chairs, binding supplies even fluorescent lamps for the university libraries were difficult to acquire as such items were not locally available and there was shortage of foreign currency.

Since libraries are critical for education and self-help, it is unthinkable to have a good, solid education without the service of well-organized libraries. That is why establishing a library was among the priorities when founding any educational institution. In really “libraries exist to acquire, give access to and safeguard carriers of knowledge and information in all forms and to provide instructuion and assistance in the use of collections to which their user have access” (Crawford and Gorman, 1995: 3) and to be within their reach.

When the university college of Addis Ababa was brought into being, the task of organizing the library was entrusted to professor Stainislaw Chojnacki, a polish born, Canadian citizen. Chojnacki served the college library for 13 years until he moved to organize the institute of Ethiopian studies (IES) Museum. He later on organized the institute’s library. Presently, the IES Library is the center for research on Ethiopia in the country. It has a fine collection of materials in Ethiopian and foreign languages including manuscripts, scrolls and microfilms.

In 1962, Rita Pankhurst, a Romanian by birth, British citizen and graduate of oxford University joined Addis Ababa University Libraries after serving for six years at the National library of Ethiopia. The National Library of Ethiopia was founded in 1944 and later renamed as the national Archives and Library Agency by proclamation No. 179/1999. The National Archives and library Agency, in addition to its collection of books holds one of the oldest manuscripts and microfilms of ancient publications in the country. It is also the depository of print and non-print materials in the country, as any printer or publisher is required by law to deposit 3 copies of its printed products in the Agency.

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