Departments in Balme Library
The Balme Library consists of 9 departments and 1 special library for the visually and hearing impaired.
The Acquisitions department orders and receives all library materials. Processing of all library materials begins in this department.
- Africana Library
The department processes and stores materials from countries on the African continent.
- Braille Library
It is a library for the visually and hearing impaired.
Library materials are processed in this department using the Sierra software from Innovative Interfaces, and sent to the shelves.
- Digitisation and Institutional Repository
Deals with the collection, preservation and dissemination of digital copies of the University's intellectual output.
The department deals with the acquisition and management of all types of electronic resources, including government documents, commercial e-books and e-journal packages.
The Reference department is the first point of call for the user / reader. The library's Special Arabic Collection is part of this department.
- Students Reference Library
The department houses textbooks and other relevant materials including pamphlets, chapters of books and photocopied documents which have been recommended by lecturers to be placed on reserve.
- Technical Services
The Technical Services Department (TSD) of the Balme Library provides bindery, and other reprographic services for the library and the university community.
- United Nations Regional Depository and World Bank Library
It houses materials disseminated through the UN depository program and publications on World Bank activities.