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Daystar University Library


A world class, Christ-centred and user-focused information resource and knowledge centre for academic excellence and scholarship.

University's Libraries

Daystar University has three libraries. Agape library (Athi River Campus) has a seating capacity of 600, Nairobi Campus 200, and Law School Library 244. The library is automated using KOHA System, whose modules are integrated, thereby creating a seamless interaction of services.

Library Operations

Mon & Wed
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tue & Thur
6:00 AM - 8:15 AM
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
11:00 AM -12:00PM
9:30 AM - 10:00PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
5:30 PM - 6:30PM
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun &  Holidays

Guide on Access to Daystar University Library Resources (online, print, and audio-visual)

Daystar University Library provides print, audio-visual, and electronic information resources that support the learning and research needs of the university’s students and faculty. This guide provides instructions on how to access these resources.

Access to Daystar Library 

  • Library Membership

    • All faculty, staff, and students of Daystar University must be registered as library members to enable them use the facility and borrow books. The student/staff identity card facilitates users borrowing of books and utilization of other library services.
    • All categories of library materials are borrowed using the identity card. This includes reserve materials, newspapers and magazines.
    • The Daystar University identity card must be produced whenever required by library staff.
    • Library fee is payable every semester for students.
    • Researchers and other external users are allowed to use the library at a nominal fee at the discretion of the University Librarian.
  • Membership categories

    Registered library users are classified in several categories as follows:

    • Short Courses
    • Diploma & Undergraduate Students
    • Masters & PhD students
    • Faculty & Staff
    • Researchers

Library Services

  • The Services

    The library offers the following services:

    • Lending of books
    • periodicals Reference and referral services
    • Inter-library loans
    • Training on usage of library resources
    • Printing service
  • Service Sections

    • Circulation: Circulation is the central service point of the Daystar libraries. It facilitates customer care relations with students, staff and faculty in the borrowing and returning of information resources, as well as inter-library loan between the three libraries.
    • Africana and Special Collection Section: Each of the two campus libraries has a special collection section. The sections house a rich collection of Africana resources, local and international academic peer reviewed journals, magazines, newspapers, theses, research reports as well as government and NGO’s publications . Digitization, indexing and abstracting of local newspapers and magazines is one of the key functions of these sections. The services enable our patrons to easily retrieve essential information particularly on local issues reported in these publications.
    • Multimedia Centers: Multi-media services are available in the three campus libraries. These sections are ideal for research purposes. The sections house computers for research, TVs, DVD and VHS players, and Radios. The activities that are provided for are:
        Listening to Audio- Cassette & CD’s, Viewing of videos cassettes, DVD’s and VCD’s Online research from the library’s e-resources The facilities are available for individual and group viewing.

      The library also caters for students with special needs.

    • Text Book Loan (TBL) Program: The TBL Programme was launched by the university to provide core texts to students to enhance their learning. The programme has over 2,000 titles of books and 30,000 copies. Students can borrow a text for each course per semester.

Collaborations & Partnerships

  • Resource Sharing

    • Daystar University library collaborates with like minded institutions in resource sharing. This enables the library to complement its diverse information resources through inter–library cooperation. For your inter library needs, please contact Reader the Services Librarian.
  • Collaborations & Partnerships

    • Daystar University Library partners with like minded institutions in promoting a reading culture in Kenya. We partner with the National Book Development Council of Kenya (NBDC-K) in various community based reading promotion activities that include the Library Book Week and annual National Book Week Celebrations held at our Nairobi campus grounds. We also engage in training teacher librarians in the establishment of school libraries and organize Children Reading Tents (CRT’s) for primary school children. Daystar University library has conducted reading promotion activities to over 30 primary schools in Athi River Division, Athi River District. Daystar University Library is an active member of the Kenya Library Association, and member of Christian Association of Librarians in Africa (CALA). At international level, we are also member to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
  • Partnerships

    • We would like to partner with you in fulfilling the mission and vision of Daystar University Library and also in meeting our corporate social responsibility. We invite individuals and corporates who would like to partner with us in building our collection - in book and non-book formats. We desire to establish a Children’s library and welcome material/financial support for furniture, equipment and books/toys/visual aids. We too would like to establish a community based information resource Center to build on our earlier initiatives on reading promotion and community empowerment through information. .
  • Kindly get in touch with us:

    • The University Librarian,
      Daystar University,
      P.O.Box 44400 – 00100,
      Nairobi - Kenya.
      Tel: +254 709972000,

Daystar Library Regulations

  • Rules & Regulations

    • Silence must be observed in the library..
    • Eating and drinking in the library is forbidden.
    • Ink bottles should be handled with care to avoid spillage..
    • Briefcases and bags are not allowed. They should be placed in the cloak-room and baggage area.
    • Library books used within the library should be left on the tables and not re-shelved by users.
    • Personal books or files should not be left on the desks for more than ten minutes. Prior reserving of sitting space is not allowed.
    • Order and good mannerisms should be observed in the library. Placing feet on desks, eating or sleeping in the library is -not allowed.
    • Use the provided bins to dispose litter.
    • Stealing or attempting to steal library property is a punishable offence.
    • Writing on, underlining and tearing library property is not allowed.
    • Use of mobile phones is not allowed within the library. Security personnel have the authority to confiscate users’ mobile phones if used within the premises..

Library FAQs

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • What are the requirements for membership to Daystar University Libraries? Students, staff and faculty are eligible for membership. One has to register by filling in a form that can be obtained in the library. You can also fill this form electronically and send it back to Reference/Instructional Services Librarians:
    • Are Alumni eligible for membership? Daystar University Alumni are allowed to use the library at a nominal fee. Researchers who would like to use the library are required to apply to the University Librarian, who authorizes such requests. However, for these two categories, library resources can be utilized only within the premises. However, they cannot use the library’s e-resources.
    • Have you subscribed to any on-line databases? Daystar University is a member of the Kenya Libraries & Information Services Consortium (KLISC) that subscribes to several full-text online databases through the International Network on Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) and Programme for Enhancement of Research Information (PERI). The databases are available in all our libraries and around the campuses where Wi-Fi is enabled. Access is via Internet Protocol (IP), thus passwords are not required.
    • Where can I do photocopying or printing? Library patrons are required to borrow the materials required for photocopying and leave their identity cards with the library security personnel to photocopy materials at the outsourced providers. Printing services are provided in all our campuses in the Multimedia Resource Centers.
    • What should I do if I lose my student/staff card and I still want to borrow books from the Library? Students should get a letter from the Dean of Students stating that they have lost their identity cards. However, every effort should be made to get a replacement. Staff should report to the Human Resources Department for a replacement.
    • What should I do if I lose my student/staff card and I still want to borrow books from the Library? Students should get a letter from the Dean of Students stating that they have lost their identity cards. However, every effort should be made to get a replacement. Staff should report to the Human Resources Department for a replacement.
    • What is the Copyright Act and how does it affect me as a library user? The Copyright Law permits photocopying of 10% or less of any material for academic purposes. Un-authorized photocopying is not permissible and is viewed as a criminal offence. Library patrons are encouraged to observe this law and all users of library materials and equipment shall observe these limits, whether on library premises or elsewhere.

For any enquiries contact us on Email: or call +254 709 972 000.