Library Services

 
LIBRARY

The primary responsibility of the Library is to serve the faculty, students and staff of KAG EAST University by providing a broad choice of materials to meet their educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs.

HISTORY OF THE KAG EAST UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

KAG EAST University Library was opened in 1979 at Buruburu campus in a room that later became audio-visual center and now Malakote 1 was set aside to function as a library in what was then known as diploma building. In 1982, this library was moved to Orma 1 class in Orma building. In 1986, the current library building was constructed with two floors dedicated to the library and chapel functions.

Later expansion in 2009 remodeled this building to dedicate the two floors of this building for library functions after the chapel was relocated. Currently the library building has two floors with adequate reading areas, books and other information resources for all its users in Buruburu and another in Kitengela campus housed in one room temporarily.

In 2015 another library facility was opened in Kitengela and is hosted in one of the classrooms. KAG EAST University Library boasts of cumulative space of approximately 4800 square fts consisting of upper level floor of about 47 by 64 ft and lower level floor of about 42 by 44 fts.

From the initial collection of 700 volumes transferred from Arusha, the library volume holdings have grown to more than 30,000 volumes. Main contributors to the growth of this collection have been Boys and Girls Missionary Crusade (BGMC) of the General council of the Assemblies of God, Africa Theological Training service (ATTS), Africa Library Service Office (ALSO), Africa’s  Hope, Evangelical Literature Trust, Langham Literature, concerned friends/donors and budgetary provisions.

To be efficient and effective in fulfilling its core functions, the Library is run according to a number of laid down policies.

 

KAGEU LIBRARY STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The primary function of the university library is to meet the information resource and service needs of the University population as they relate to the mission of the University.

KAGEU LIBRARY MISSION

Operating as one of the core pillars of fulfilling university purpose, the library strives to collect, Manage and administer information resources so as to encourage learning, research and transformation of the society through informed and shaped servant leaders

KAGEU LIBRARY VISION

To shape the future of servant leadership in Kenya, Africa and beyond through provision of life transforming learning resources that supports teaching, research and community service.

 

KAG EAST UNIVERSITY LIBRARY OBJECTIVES
  • To Select and acquire up-to-date information resources in diverse formats that are relevant to the information needs of the university.
  • To Organize and preserve the collection in the most efficient system that would support easy retrieval and use.
  • To Adopt and make use of efficient information services techniques based on users’ needs such as Current Awareness Services (CAS) and Selective Dissemination of Information(SDI) so as to ensure optimum utilization of available resources.
  • To Adopt technologies that will make information resources accessible to the university community in an efficient and effective manner.
  • To Formulate sound library policies that will act as a guide to achievement of the library’s mission and vision
  • To Provide quality services that will facilitate teaching, learning and research
 
LIBRARY USE
Membership Policy (MP)

The library exists primarily to meet educational and informational needs of its core users. All persons registered to use the library are required to abide by the regulations of the Library. The University Librarian may suspend from the use of the library any person breaking the Library Regulations. The following persons are allowed to use the library:-

As an integral system of KAG-EAST University, EAST Library espouses biblical principles of servant leadership in public relation and customers’ service. During interactions with library staff, users/customers can expect to:

KAG EAST University library is a member of Christian Academic Library Association (CALA). Through this association, materials not available in the library can be obtained through an inter-library loan service from other local libraries. Requests should be handed to the Librarian. A charge may be made to meet photocopying and document delivery expenses, if any. Users who wish to use another library may request for a letter of introduction from the Librarian.

Photocopying facilities are available in the library at a fee. Consult circulation desk attendant for this service

In addition to providing numerous computers with internet connections, KAGEU library is an internet hotspot that enables those interested in doing studies and research using web-based resources to so with great ease.

Reservation of library materials that are on loan can be done at the Issue Desk.  As soon as a reserved is returned, the awaiting user will be notified.  Such users should keep constant checks at the Issue Desk.  Items placed on reserve/hold will be held for 3 days after which they may be returned to the shelves or given to the next person on the waiting.  Items required by another reader may be recalled and must be returned within 7 days.

Users in need of direction on how to use various information products available in our library can receive the same at the user services area.

All library materials may be borrowed with exception of reference works, periodicals, and material in great demand placed temporarily on Reserve.

KAG-EAST University Library strives to maximize access to all library materials. EAST Library and its customers share a responsibility for safety and maintenance of collection and as such, the library expects its customers to return borrowed materials on time and to treat them with care. To help ensure that materials are available for all, KAG-EAST University Library charges fees for overdue, damaged and lost books.

To facilitate easy search, retrieval and Access, the library has classified and arranged its resources according to Library of congress classification (LCC) system whose arrangement flow from A – Z. Records on these resources are further managed with an integrated library management system, KOHA.

The Library uses the official chapel services and notice boards to communicate with its users on new materials or products that have been availed for their use.

In a typical normal week, the library is open for services for 14 hours (8.00 A.M. – 10.00 P.M.) for five days in a week of Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, the library is open for five hours (8.00 A.M. – 1.00 P.M.). The Library remains closed on Sundays and during all public holidays.

Use of KAG-EAST University Library is primarily to meet the research and information needs of the students, faculty and staff of the University. They will have priority in the use of all services, resources and facilities and are expected to cooperate with the library management in enforcing laid down disciplinary guidelines.

  • Do not disturb the research and study of other users.
  • Do not tamper with or damage University resources and property.
  • Do not hamper the work of Library staff.
  • Observe Quiet Study Area designations.
  • Place cell phones on silent mode and use them only in the designated areas.
  • The library is not to be used as a sleeping or bathing facility.
  • Food and Beverages are prohibited from the library.
  • Smoking and use of tobacco is prohibited in the library and near the library entrance.
  • Alcohol is prohibited in the library.
  • Do not leave backpacks, laptops, purses or valuables unattended.

Technology Use Policy

The University library is equipped with Internet-enabled computers and wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi). These provide users/customers with access to a vast array of electronic resources that supplement the Library's print collection and are also available for educational, informational and recreational purposes. However, the Library as a matter of necessity will adopt technology filters to restrict access to sites and information considered to be violations of fundamental tenets of Christian faith and conduct. Moreover, users who want to use computers provided by the library must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Due to the limited resources available for provision of public access to our computers, the Library reserves the right to limit the amount of time of computer usage
  • Users must be courteous and respectful when using computers and conform to the Rules of Conduct from the Public Behavior in the Library Policy.
  • Users are responsible for logging in and navigating for desired information..
  • Computer users are responsible for bringing their own headphones if they wish to listen to audio, and their own flash drives or other devices for saving their work.
  • Computers may be used by two or more people when their behavior is not disruptive.
  • Computers and copy machines are shut down 15 minutes before the Library closes.
  • The Library is not responsible for loss of information due to viruses or other problems.
  • Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users' activities.

Restrictions:

  • Users should never use library computers or Wi-Fi for illegal activity.
  • Users should never use any device to attempt to redistribute, share, or boost the Library’s Wi-Fi signal.
  • Users should never use the network for unauthorized access or "hacking" into any computational, financial informational or communication services or resources.
  • Users should never distribute unsolicited advertising using library computers.
  • Invade the privacy of others by misrepresenting oneself as another user or attempting to modify or gain access to files, passwords or data belonging to others.
  • Add, delete, damage, vandalize or modify the Library’s installed hardware or software.
  • Engaging in any activity that is harassing or defamatory.
  • Deliberately propagate computer worms or viruses.
  • Downloading copyrighted materials in violation of any copyright protection laws.

Internet Use:

Customers should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users' activities. 

Privacy Statement

All library records that identify patrons by name are strictly confidential, and access to them is limited to staff for legitimate library business. Such records will not be made available to any individual or to any agency of local, state or federal government, except with the explicit permission of the patron in question or pursuant to a subpoena, court order or search warrant.

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