The Library was established in 1996 as part of the then  Garissa Teachers College, which later metamorphosed into Garissa University. Ever since, it has continued to grow its collection mainly acquired through procurement, donations and proprietary publications.

In September 2013, a committee was established to restructure and transform the library to university status. Among the recommendations made was the need to employ more professional staff. The library now has a total of 16 staff, about 2,500 users, and a collection of over 12,000 print books from both local and international vendors and publishers.

Currently, the library is subscribed to 6 e-book and 40 e-journal databases which contain a large and diverse collection of reading materials. Through its collaboration with with other universities, the library has also acquired The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL) database which is a project of Cornell University in the United States that contains hundreds of thousands of library resources in agriculture.

The University is in the process of constructing an ultra modern library to serve the growing needs and diversity of users. This is envisaged to be a model library of its kind in the entire North Eastern Region with capacity to accommodate 3,000 users, a million print books and journals, five hundred computers and unlimited number of electronic books and journals. Upon completion, the library is also expected to host the School of Information Sciences, ICT Directorate and teaching TV and radio stations.


Dr Iddi Juma (PhD) University Librarian

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