- Where is Riara University Library located?
Riara University Library is housed in the Main Campus building on Mbagathi Way with close proximity to the city centre, about 4 KM from the city centre.
- What are the opening hours?
Monday to Friday – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturdays – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and Public holidays
- How do I become a Library member?
Riara University staff and students are automatically eligible for Library membership.
- Where do I get assistance?
The Circulation Desk should be your first stop for questions regarding location and use of all Library materials, assistance with academic research, and any other Library-related issues. It is from this area that you will be appropriately directed for specialized assistance. You may also ask for help from the Library via telephone or E-mail.
- Where do I find books?
Books are arranged on the shelves using the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System.The arrangement is alphanumeric by Call Numbers in ascending order. A Call Number is a unique address written on the spine of a book. It comprises a combination of letters and numbers denoting the main subject division and subdivisions, book mark and the year of publication. The call number is used to locate books on the shelf. See an example below:
- How do I use the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)?
The OPAC is a database of all information resources held in the Library. The database is updated continuously as new items are processed. The OPAC is accessible from the internet.
To retrieve the record of a book or any other information resource from the OPAC, search by keyword, author, subject etc. On getting the results, note the call number and proceed to the appropriate shelf to retrieve the resource using the call number.
- How do I access e-resources?
The Library subscribes to e-books and e-journals which can be accessed from the Library, the university computer labs or any location within the campus, from your laptop using wireless as well as remotely from home using your university username and password.
A link to electronic resources subscribed to can be accessed from the OPAC by clicking the electronic resources link. In addition, the links of all the e-resources have been posted on the Library website.
- For how long can I borrow a book?
Lecturers – 5 books for 3 weeks; renew twice
Non-teaching staff – 3 books for 3 weeks; renew once
Students – 2 books for 2 weeks; renew once
- Can I print or photocopy Library materials?
Printing and photocopy services are offered in the Library at a highly subsidized cost.
There is a copyright protection on most of the Library materials. Deliberate infringement on this law e.g. unauthorized copying, is a criminal offence. All users of electronic resources must abide by the terms of the appropriate licenses. However, permissible copying limits as per the Copyright Act may be made for academic purposes. All users of Library materials must observe these limits in the Library premises or elsewhere.
- Why must I leave my bag at the Luggage Area?
For the security of Library materials and your materials too. The Luggage Area is manned by a security guard who ensures security of the left luggage.
- Why can’t I bring food and drinks to the Library?
To protect Library materials.
- Can I use my mobile phone in the Library?
No. Use of mobile phones and other communication devices such as radios, walkie talkies etc. is not allowed within the Library premises.