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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.


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 )  

National Library of Uganda hosts students from Uganda Christian University (UCU)

National Library of Uganda hosts students from Uganda Christian University (UCU)
National Library of Uganda (NLU) hosted the students of Uganda Christian University (UCU) main campus on the 19th June, 2015 who had visited NLU for a hands-on training on digitization.

The students under the leadership of Mr. Ezra Kalule were welcomed by the NLU Director, Ms. G. K. Mulindwa who thanked the University for such an arrangement. She briefly took students through the functions of National Library of Uganda and she also challenged them about where they were going to apply the acquired knowledge. She further tasked the students to appreciate the new technologies with emphasis on tailoring library services to all the various categories of users such as children that many don’t seem to pay keen attention to. She encouraged students to look at this area especially when carrying out their re...


Kampala holds debate on Books and Their Use

“Books take you places” was the theme of this year’s celebrations of World Book and Copyright Day, 23rd April.  This was also the topic of Fagil Mandy’s contribution to the public debate on books and their use, organized by the National Library of Uganda.  Mr. Mandy, an education consultant, talked about how books take you places in your mind and therefore expand your outlook in life.  He pointed out that he is what he is, an educationist, a consultant, a motivator because of reading widely. 

Another speaker at the event, Mrs. Victoria Ssekitoleko a former Food and Agriculture Organization representative to China, whose passion for reading has made her establish community libraries in the Busoga region talked about “Books preserving our heritage.”  She pointed out that books ...


Sanga is born on World Book and Copyright Day 23rd April 2015

Sanga is born on World Book and Copyright Day 23rd April 2015

This year’s World Book and Copyright Day saw the launch of the Ugandan adaptation of the Dutch Children’s book “Miffy.”  Launched by the Deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands to Uganda, the book titled “Sanga is born” was adapted by a group of Ugandan authors, illustrators and designers and has been written in English, Luganda and Langi. 

It is published by Mango Tree, a local producer of children’s educational materials and books.    Speaking at the launch, the Deputy Ambassador said that “Miffy” the original character by Dick Bruna, a Dutch author is becoming more and more international as it has friends in other countries such as Pakistan and Japan and now has added a new friend “Sanga” in Uganda. 

Very soon, children all over Uganda will be following and enjoying the l...


We marched for” the Book” and brought traffic to a standstill

Over one hundred people both young and old, took part in a Book March on World Book and Copyright Day, 23rd April, 2015.   The March was organized by the National Library of Uganda to celebrate books and their authors. The National Library was joined by Lions International, Gustro Bookshop, East African Book Publishers and the Uganda National Teachers’ Union, among others.  Led by a brass band, the marchers started off at Wandegeya Mosque, through the traffic lights down to Bombo Road and ended up at the National Library premises on Buganda Road. Traffic came to a standstill as shouts of support for the book were heard from the public.  The marchers were then addressed by the Director of the National Library of Uganda, Ms. Gertrude Kayaga Mulindwa and the Secretary General of Uga...


The National Library of Uganda celebrates fiction authors

The National Library of Uganda celebrates fiction authors

On 22nd April, 2015, as part of the three day activities to celebrate World Book and Copyright day, 23rd April, the National Library of Uganda organized an author reading event for Uganda fiction writers.  The event, which was well attended by members of the press and journalists from several media houses was held to promote fiction writers and encourage more authors of fiction works to get their books published.  Six authors read from their works, both published and non- published. 

The readings were hailed as very interesting by the audience which was then tasked to choose who they thought was the best author of the day. Ms. Bonita Treasure Murungi was voted the best for her book “Friends” and was awarded the National Library of Uganda, fiction authors’ Award for 2015, the first ever...


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