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National Library of Uganda Collection

The library holds a large collection in the world of material which ranges from earliest work to most current publications. These include: books,magazines, pictures, photographs, maps and much more stored in many parts of the National Library. 

 

National Collection

The National Library is responsible for collection of all publications published in Uganda, on Uganda and by Ugandans as legal deposits. By so doing, the National Library preserves its national heritage through safeguarding the works of Ugandans for historical and cultural value. This is a reserved section and information materials there can only be accessed through the reference librarian.

The Africana Collection

This consists of materials on the rest of Africa with special reference to East Africa. They include materials on all subjects in the humanities, economical and social sciences.

General Reference Collection

The documents in this section consist of encyclopedia, dictionaries, directories, atlases, yearbooks and other materials of introductory nature to various subjects. It consists of a large range of resources to support our reference services and includes print and electronic resources covering all subjects.

It is important to note that items in this collection may only be used onsite at the library’s reading room. 

Special Collection

These consist of collections on specific areas or by specific institutions in special formats and are maintained for purposes of promoting research and scholarship.

These materials include:

  • Library and Information science.
  • Publications of international organizations.
  • Electronic information tapes, diskettes, CD-ROMs and the web/internet.
  • Serials and magazines (holds current & non-current editions).

Asian Collection

This was a collection developed as a result of a donation received from The Nippon Foundation- Japan which consisted of one hundred (100) titles. These are on social, economical, literature and inter-relations of Japan with other countries.

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It is important to note that items in the library collection are only used onsite at the library’s reading room.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 October 2011 09:18 )  

Book Aid International Turns 60

Book Aid International Turns 60

The National Library of Uganda proudly joins Book Aid International, its oldest partner in book trade, to celebrate its 60th birthday.  BAI, as it is fondly known by millions of readers in Sub-Saharan Africa, started in 1954. It has walked this long but very enjoyable journey with Ugandan public libraries since the 1990s. 


A quarter of a century later and hundreds of thousands of  books having been in and continuing to be held in the hands of ordinary Ugandans, this collaboration has expanded from book provision, to library staff training, reading promotion, supporting local book industry through local book purchases as well as making public libraries more attractive to users.

Over the years, the National Library of Uganda has organized many book related programmes that have i...

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CHILDREN’S READING TENT IN BUHIMBA SUB-COUNTY, HOIMA

CHILDREN’S READING TENT IN BUHIMBA SUB-COUNTY, HOIMA

From the 26th to28th of February 2014, Children International Uganda organized a reading tent at the Buhimba Sub – County public library, which was facilitated by both Children International and NLU staff namely Mrs Stella Nekuusa and Ms Jennifer Nalwanga. The tent was attended by over 15 schools, 600 children, 30 teachers and members of the Factional Adult Literacy class that meet at the library. The children were engaged in a number of activities that included, silent reading of books of their choice, reading aloud and reading marathon, word search, book making, drawing and painting, story telling, word games, making of crafts, moulding, singing and poem reciting.

CHANGING THE FACE OF CHILDREN’S LIBRARY SERVICES IN UGANDA Phase 2

CHANGING THE FACE OF CHILDREN’S LIBRARY SERVICES IN UGANDA Phase 2

The National Library of Uganda has launched phase 2 of a project for changing the Face of Children's library services in Uganda which it has been implementing since October 2013 in conjunction with Book Aid International.

Phase 1 of the project, whose aim is to offer effective children’s services by creating child friendly spaces and providing library and other educational materials for public libraries, was implemented in six public libraries of Kampala, Hoima, Kabale, Jinja, Paidha and Soroti districts with outstanding impact. Read more...

Information delivery through ICT for young pregnant mothers

Information delivery through ICT for young pregnant mothers

National Library of Uganda in partnership with Beyond Access an initiative of International Research Exchange (IREX), which started a movement to make all public libraries hubs for economic and social change, is implementing a project aimed at assisting pregnant teenagers have access to antenatal and postnatal information through the use of information Communications Technology(ICT). The project looks at helping teenage girls who are made vulnerable through early engagement in sexual activities leading to early pregnancy. these girls face a lot on socio- economic and cultural challenges and if left unaided would lead them to the path of self destruction.

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MEETING OF THE GLOBAL LIBRARIES INITIATIVE – 2013

MEETING OF THE GLOBAL LIBRARIES INITIATIVE – 2013

The National Library of Uganda recently hosted the Africa Advisory Group of the Global Libraries Initiative – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Experts meeting took place at the Sheraton Kampala from 15th to 18th October 2013. The meeting was held as part of the Global Libraries (GL) objective of ensuring access to information through technology in public libraries, especially to disadvantaged communities.

The GL brought together a small group of advisors with direct experience in Africa to guide its engagement in the continent.

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