Directorate of Library Services (DLS)

Msafiri Ponera

DLS Background

Goals and Objectives

DLS Structure

Library Collection

Library Services

The Directorate of Library Services (DLS) 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 DLS 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 Library Services (DLS) is one of the five Directorates at the Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU). It is administratively under the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Research and Consultancy (DVC-ARC). 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-operative and Business Education (KICoB) Library.

The Library contains over 18,000 book titles in nearly 45,000 book volumes, and over 500 CDs that cover a wide range of subjects and video cassettes. It also subscribes to about 60 periodical titles from both local and overseas sources. The Dewey Decimal System is used to classify information resources acquired by the Library.
The Collection is subdivided into five areas:
• Special Reserve Collection
• General Collection
• Co-operative Information Collection
• Gender Information Collection
• Health Information

Book lending
Lending is an important service provided by the circulation section. Lending of documents to users is done by issuing desk of the library.
Literature search
Searching is done to both Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) and card catalogue. This is supported with indexes, bibliographies, abstracts, Internet search, etc.
Readers’ advisory services
It includes provision of assistance to readers who seek for information. There are two types of services in this area: direct and indirect readers’ advisory.
Special reserve
This service includes provision of books which are unique and have higher demand among users. This ensures that there would be a balanced provision of library materials.
Internet services
Users are able to use Internet for their various information needs. It is provided through wireless and at Internet café.
Journals and Newspapers clippings
Users can also be provided with journals and newspapers in areas of co-operatives development.
General reference
User can use this section for consultation purposes. It includes various sources (such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, yearbooks, thesauri, almanacs, etc)
Selective dissemination of information (SDI)
This personalized or customized information services in anticipation that is provided by MoCU Library. The aim is to help users to cope with the information overload where users have no adequate time for searching publications.
Current awareness services (CAS)
This service is designed to alert MoCU library patrons and researchers on the currently received documents. This is done both in paper print and electronic format through ABCD software, emails and social media tools.
Printing, photocopying and spiral binding services
The MoCU library renders these services by charges per page.

DLS Brochure


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.