Library & Information Science


Internal links
This is one of the Departments in the School of Education.

 External Links

The department is in the process of establishing external links with other library schools through the initiative of Makerere University as convenor. The library schools will collaborate on curricular matters of common interest.

Speciality and Branding

The department has trained leading Library and Information Professionals now heading libraries in various organizations in Kenya. The Department offers the following professional/academic programmes

Academic Staff and Specialization

The department has over 1,000 students undertaking different programs. The Undergraduate programs include:

  •  Bachelor of Education (Library Science)
  •  Bachelor of Science (Records Management and Information Technology)
  •  Bachelor of Library and Information Science

The undergraduate students have three main options:

  1.  Archives and Records Management
  2.  Library Science
  3. Publishing and Printing Technology

The postgraduate students specialize either in Library Science or Records Management and Archives. They also undertake PhD by thesis. 

Staff: We have thirteen full time lecturers and tutorial fellows while eight part time lecturers support the department. We also have four administrative personnel incharge of office records, daily office operations and administration.


 Undergraduate Programme
  • Bachelor of Education in Library Science. This is unique for teacher / librarians who therefore hold a dual qualification
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS)
  • Bachelor of Science (Records Management & Information Technology)

Entry requirements
For the undergraduate degrees of B.Ed. and BLIS, secondary school leavers with normal university requirements are admitted. Holders of a diploma in the relevant fields are also eligible for admission.

 Study Mode and Duration

The Department offers full-time courses in Library and Information Science. The undergraduate courses last four years and the postgraduate courses take two years. These degree programmes are offered through regular programme, self sponsored programme and Open Learning Mode.

 Postgraduate Students
Degrees offered
  • M.Ed. (Master of Education). For postgraduate qualification in Library Science.
  • MLIS (Master of Library & Information Science) For postgraduate.
  • Master of Library and Information Science

  • Master of Sciences (Records Management & Archives Administration)

Entry Requirements
Holders of first degrees in any academic or professional areas are eligible to join the M.Ed. and MLIS postgraduate programmes.


The students in the Department have access to all the material in the main library of the university which also offers e-resources and journals available in remote databases. Assessment is by both continuous assessment tests and Examination.


Research Activities

Our members of staff and Postgraduate have Researches in areas of organisation and management of academic, public, school and special libraries in Kenya. Challenges posed by technological developments have also been researched on.

Research areas for Doctorate students

1.         Mr. E.W. Muya

Cognition Information Seeking behavior Among Graduate Students in Using Library and Information Services in Kenyatta University, Kenya.

2.         J.R. Njuguna

Fostering Reading habits as a Strategy for the Enhancement of Agricultural Production in Selected Districts of Murang’a County-Kenya.

3.         Zipporah Wanjiku Gichuhi

Determinants of effective knowledge management practices in selected university libraries in Kenya.

4.         Mr. Michael Mukuvi

Using the Gap Model to assess users’ perception of service quality levels in academic libraries:  A case of Moi Library, Kenyatta University and USIU Library.

5.         Rose W. Njoroge

An Investigation on disaster Mitigation and Preparedness for Computer based Information systems in Selected University Libraries in Kenya.

6.         Peter W. Wamae

Implementation of Electronic Medical Records in Kenya public Hospitals:  Challenges and opportunities

  Masters Students research areas

1.         Doughlas Achoki Nyong’a

Factors Influencing Reading habits of Day secondary School Students in Kisii County, Kenya.

2.         Edwin Bosis Boit

An Evaluation of School Library Information Resources and Services:  A case study of secondary schools in Mt. Elgon district, Bungoma County, Kenya

3.         Osinyo Charity

Chalenges of accessing librry and Informaiton services for persons with disabilities in University libraries in Meru country, Kenya

4.         Ubaga M. Ephrine

Barriers to adoption of clound computing technology for information management in university libraries in Kenya:  A case study of Daystar University Library

5.         Martha Msathenge

Determinants of Information Seeking Behaviour of Nurses in Kenyatta University Hospital and Mathari Hospital

6.         Jane Chepkirui

The status of Staffing of Libraries in Secondary Schools in Kericho County,


7.         James Njue Mutegi

The Impact of Professional Qualifications of user education tutors on library user education in PI Teachers Colleges in Kenya.


 Academic Staff and Specialisation

We have full time lecturers who hold masters degree in Information Science and related areas and also Ph.D. in Information Science.

Staff Profiles


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