The DCLA was established and mandated to manage all library services and co-operative archives centres at the University. Currently the DCLA is managing the library at the Main Campus in Moshi, and at Kizumbi Teaching Centre in Shinyanga. Some of the library services provided include circulation of information materials, reference services, Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) and Current Awareness Services (CAS). As an academic directorate the DCLA conducts training programme in library, information and communication sciences. The existing programmes run by the DCLA include: (i)Three months training programme namely Elementary Course in Librarianship (ECL), (ii)One year Certificate in Library and Information Sciences (CLIS), and (iii) Two years Diploma in Library and Archival Studies (DLAS). The plan to establish a bachelor degree programme in the related area is underway:
i)The Main Campus Library,
ii)Kizumbi Teaching Centre Library, and
iii)The mini-library which is located at PGD Centre in the Main Campus Moshi
The MoCU library provides both reference and information services to its patrons. The information services are rendered in anticipation of our patrons requirements whereas reference services are provided on the basis of on-demand queries which are answered by the reference librarian through reference transactions. The types of reference services provided at MoCU Library include the followings:
(i)Readers’ advisory service: this service at the MoCU Library is provided at readers’ advisory desk where the advisor recommends specific information source and resource based on the patrons needs.
(ii)Ready reference: the MoCU library ready reference resources are used for quick consultation. The collection in the reference section ranges from encyclopaedia, dictionaries, directories, geographical sources, yearbooks, thesaurus and many others.
(iii)Library instructions: the MoCU reference librarian is normally instructing readers about the use of the library. There are two forms of instruction which are direct and indirect. This is done at the beginning of the semester as well as when there are new changes and new patrons. Library Staff are available for reference assistance when the library is open.