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UDSM LIBRARY OPAC 2023 - Quickly Search Any Book

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The University of Dar es Salaam Library is a vital source of scholarly information that facilitates users to get access to learning and research resources during their studies. 

It provides access to a wide range of resources in both print and digital formats and conducive reading environment for users, regardless of their physical conditions. 

All registered users are eligible to access library resources and can borrow print materials from general shelves for a specific period of time. 

However, certain categories of materials in the special reserve collections are borrowed for a short time and used within the library.

UDSM Library Welcome message

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of Dar es Salaam UDSM Library. The library seeks to support teaching, learning and research activities of the university community by providing innumerable information resources and services. 


Just to mention a few, the UDSM library has a substantial amount of electronic and print information resources with local and international research coverage. 

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To enhance steady utilization of these resources, the UDSM library has highly invested in human and technical resources, making it well-endowed with highly-trained staff who are always happy to assist users in locating, retrieving and using information. 

On top of that, the library is spacious and equipped with advanced facilities hence providing a conducive environment for reading, reflecting and writing.

To ensure that, information services are always of high quality and well-aligned with teaching, learning and research activities, the library works hand-in-hand with the university's students and academic staff in acquiring new information resources. 

Because of that, the library is tirelessly striving to keep up with technological developments to ensure digital access to information through acquisition of digital solutions and information resources, and provision of digital literacy trainings to library staff and users.

Overall, we, the library team, are so determined to serve our users from across all disciplines to enable them to effectively consume information resources and excel in their academic and research activities. We are all-the-time excited and happy to be part of your academic and research journey.

You are warmly welcomed. Karibu sana!      

Yours in service,

Kelefa Mwantimwa

Library Director 

How to Search books in UDSM library OPAC

UDSM library has a large number of shelves and books. Even if you visit to it, still you are required to sit and open Udsm library OPAC to search a name and author of a specific book from among the desktops available in UDSM library.

Searching and Retrieval of Library Materials

UDSM library OPAC

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i.    Searching print materials

Before searching the library shelves to identify location of books and other materials, users are requested to familiarize with the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), a web- based library catalogue that is used to search and locate library materials. 

The UDSM Library OPAC integrates bibliographic records of the Colleges, Schools, Institutes, and departmental libraries at the Mwalimu Nyerere campus of the University of Dar es Salaam.

The UDSM library OPAC uses a user-friendly interface that allows users to conduct simple, advanced or expert searches using the Boolean operators. Users can search materials by title, author, organization, keyword search and subject or even by year of publication. 


Search result yields the requested information such as the title of the book, author name, publication statement, and section of the library where the item is located. 

The result also includes class mark number of the book, availability status and whether the item can be borrowed or not.

Users may access OPAC through the University of Dar es Salaam website or direct through the following address:


ii.    Access to Electronic Resources

The Library subscribes to a range of electronic resources including e-journals, e-books and both online and in off-line media covering diverse subject areas. 

Users can search and retrieve these resources while using the University Internet network. The library arranges with some vendors to offer access to their materials while the user are off-campus or even when users are using their private Internet network. 

Users can access resources in stand-media through CD-ROMs which are available in the digital collection. Users should consult the Reference section for guidance on using such materials or send an email to [email protected]

Users are requested to take a brochure with the list of subscribed e-journals/e-books database from the information desk to see the available resources. 

For more help, users should consult the reference section for guidance on how to search and retrieve the information they want.


The Law Collection

The Law Collection is divided into two sections: open and closed access. Open access section consists of monographs which can be openly accessed and borrowed while the closed access, that is a Special Reserve Collection houses materials which are on great demand by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Collection offers the following services:

(i) Information to readers

Information services in this section are provided to library users upon request.

(ii) Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs)

This is simply a Library Catalog, an online database of materials held by our library. The library users search library catalogs principally to locate books and other materials physically that are allocated in the library. An individual can search documents by entering author, title or key word(s) a required space/line and access the required material(s).

(iii) Lending UDSM Library Materials

Holders of a valid identity card issued by the main library of University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), are for Library purposes only and the library users may borrow and return materials in the main library and departmental libraries at main campus. 

A UDSM library card is not to be lent or transferred. Each registered library user may borrow a maximum of 5 books for undergraduates, 10 for post-graduate student and 20 for faculty member with a limited time of twenty one days (3 weeks).

(iv) Issuing Special Reserve Materials

Materials from the Special Reserve section are issued on short loan periods of two to four hours and must be read within the Collection. 

This service is extremely valued by the faculty and the users because it makes core reading materials available to a wider section of the students in the three disciplines in an environment where such materials are fewer and too expensive to be purchased individually.

(v) CD-ROM and on-line references

These are made available to users through the reference collection. The most frequently accessed is the Tanzania Law Reports CD-ROMs, and other electronic resources such as the Internet.

(vi) Photocopying of Serial and Special Reserve Materials

This service is provided through the use of a photocopying machine located in the collection and the central photocopying services of the UDSM Library.




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UDSM Library Services

The UDSM Library is the heart of the University of Dar es Salaam and it is an integral part of the University’s mission which revolves around teaching, research and consultancy. 

It is also a legal depository for materials on Tanzania, including government publications, University publications and UN and allied agencies publications. 

The library maintains five major collections: Arts and Social Sciences, Law, Science and Engineering, Reference and Document Delivery and East African which is a research collection. 

There is also ICT unit which provides technical and managerial support to realize excellence in teaching, learning and research. 

The library provides access to both print and electronic information resources including number of print and electronic journals and books. 

It maintains a collection of more than 400,000 titles and over 2,800 printed journals and a number of electronic journal databases.

The library also provides information services to library users within and outside The University community. 

These services include: lending of library materials, document delivery services, traditional and electronic references services, Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) and Current Awareness Services (CAS). 

Other services provided by the library include research, publication and consultancy, information literacy and computer training for library users and conference facilities.

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