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 doctorial 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


Last Updated on Monday, 13 March 2017 08:54

News and Events


 Conference Dates: 5TH – 6TH OCTOBER, 2017 


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Dissemination of Research Findings 26th May

Dr. Teresa Mwoma of Department of Early Childhood Studies will be presenting her research findings from a study funded by the Vice Chancellor’s research grant 2015/2016. The study was focusing on safety and security in preschools in the informal settlement: A case of Nairobi City County. The study was conducted in Nairobi informal settlements. Findings from the study will be disseminated to stakeholders in early childhood as well as scholars in Kenyatta University on 26th May 2017 at Kenyatta University BSSC room 12 starting at 10.30 am. Preliminary findings from the study were presented in the 4th annual early childhood development and education summit held in Mombasa from 13th to 17th March 2017.

4th Academic Seminar

The School of Education is planning to hold its 4th Academic Seminar on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th May 2017 at the College of Education & Lifelong Learning (Room 109) to provide space for awardees of the School's conference - related grants and time to share knowledge and experiences gained from their attendances locally and abroad.
The Seminar is designed to give opportunity to academic members of staff as well as young experienced researchers to model for our students and set good examples of how to engage in scholarly discourses. Our postgraduate students and their supervisors will have a forum to share their research work-in-progress from which they could get input for potential publications from their research by the time they are graduating.

The Guest Speaker will be Dr. Rhoda Gitonga who will address: Interactivity in Online Teaching & Learning in Higher Education.


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