The State University Of Zanzibar


The Library of the State University of Zanzibar was first established in 1979 as the library of the Institute of Kiswahili and Foreign Languages (IKFL).

About Library


The Library of the State University of Zanzibar was first established in 1979 as the library of the Institute of Kiswahili and Foreign Languages (IKFL). Following the establishment of the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) under the Act No. 8 of 1999 of the Zanzibar House of Representatives and officially commenced to operate in 2002, the former IKFL library was phased out and became the State University of Zanzibar Library (SUZA Library).

Currently, the Library is widened and spread its branches in Schools and Institute campuses as follows: the main library (Tunguu main campus), School of Kiswahili and Foreign Languages – SKFL (Nkrumah campus), School of Health and Medical Sciences (Mbweni campus), School of Business (Chwaka campus), Institute of Tourism (Maruhubi campus) , School of Agriculture ( Kizimbani Campus), School of Computing and Communication  Media  and in Pemba Island there is Benjamin William Mkapa library which is located at Mchangamdogo in Wete District. 

The Library collections cover the major disciplines such as  natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, computer sciences, education, health and medicine, business, accountancy, procurement, tourism, agriculture  and economic. The collection amounts about more than 50,000 books in both the main library and other branches in general.

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Director's Welcoming Message

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the State University of Zanzibar Library. The library which support teaching, learning and research activities of the university community by providing relevant and preferable information resources and services such as electronic and printed information resources with local and international content coverage. To enhance the utilization of these resources, the library is highly organising technical support by giving intensive user library education which instruct them the services we offer , allocation of information resources, how to retrieve and using information resources . On top of that, the library is well organised and equipped with facilities which provide a conducive environment for reading, reflecting and writing.

To ensure that, information services are always of high quality and well-aligned with teaching, learning and research activities, the library works hand-in-hand with the university’s community in acquiring new information resources. Because of that, the library is tirelessly striving to keep up with technological developments to ensure digital access to information through acquisition of digital information resources, and provision of digital awareness training program to library staff and users.

Overall, we, the library team, are so determined to serve our users across all disciplines to enable them effectively using information resources for the academic and research activities. We are all-the-time excited and happy to be part of your academic and research journey.
Karibuni sana!

Mohamed Khamis Kombo
Director of Library Services
The State University of Zanzibar

Weekly Library Training

The Directorate of Library Services conducts user training program on how to search information resources. The sessions will focus on how to use the following databases: Institution Repository, Online Public Access Catalogue, Subscribed Databases, Open Access Databases, Mendeley Reference Manager, Search Techniques.

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Vision of the SUZA Library

“To be a preferred academic information center of excellence in managing, disseminating and preserving the knowledge in Zanzibar and Tanzania as a whole.


Mission of the SUZA library

“To provide quality information resources and services to meet the teaching, consultancy and research needs to our community.”

The Library’s Specific Objectives


To acquire and manage information resources to meet the need of researchers and academic community


To provide relevant and high quality information services to the community it serves


To provide user education training program to its community


To provide consultancy and expert services to library and information sectors.

Library Services

Library Collection

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Library Services

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Online Catalogue

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Monday08:30 - 21:00
Tuesday08:30 - 21:00
Wednesday08:30 - 21:00
Thursday08:30 - 21:00
Friday08:30 - 21:00
Saturday08:30 - 9:00