The Directorate of Co-operative Library and Archives (DCLA) was established by the Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU) Charter, 2015 after the then Moshi University College of Co-operative and Business Studies (MUCCoBS) was upgraded to a full-fledged University in 2014. When MoCU became a full University, it was known as the Directorate of Library and Information Services. This was also a result of upgrading the then Co-operative College Moshi to MUCCoBS in 2004. Before the College achieved the University status, it was just the Library Unit which was established in 1963 and later on a Department under the Office of the Director of Studies and Programmes.
The main goal of the DCLA is to support teaching, research and consultancy activities to the University community and the public at large. The objectives are: to offer library services so as to meet the information needs of the academic community by acquiring, processing, storing, preserving and disseminating relevant materials, managing information databases, educating and training library users on searching, accessing and utilization of information services; to identify, collect, acquire, process, preserve and provide access to co-operative archival materials for historic and academic purposes; and to provide teaching, research and consultancy relating to library, archival studies and information science.
The Directorate of Co-operative Library and Archives (DCLA) is one of the five Directorates at the Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU). It is administratively under the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics (DVC-A). The Directorate is made up of two Departments and one Unit. These are: Knowledge Management Department, Readers’ Services Department, and the Archives Unit. The Directorate consists also of a Kizumbi Institute of Co-opertive and Business Education (KICoB) Library.
Our vision is to become the most modern co-operative library with well-equipped and up to date co-operative information that provide quality services to the University community, the country, continent and the world at large.
Our mission is to contribute to the attainment of academic excellence in co-operative studies by providing intellectuals access to co-operative materials and information available at the university library and elsewhere through inter-library loans, and training in locating strategies and use of these materials.
Values of our library is that all functions will be guided by a manner that users’ need will be met through provision of adequacy, timely and quality scholarly information resources to support study, research and consultancy whereas other academic related functions will be guided by values listed in the Corporate Strategic Plan.