Since 1963 the Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU) library has remained a Central Resource facility for providing timely information for the purpose of facilitating teaching, study, research, and consultancy in areas of interest including, co-operative and cooperation, rural development, accountancy, community development ,entrepreneurial ship and other related disciplines. Co-operative Archives Management and administration add up to the abundance of MoCU treasury.
The Library of Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU) was established in November 2004 after the former Moshi Co-operative College was declared a Constituent College of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). Before the College achieved university status, the library, which was established in 1963, was a unit and later on a department under the Office of the Director of Studies and Programmes.
The main goal of Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU) Library is to support teaching, research and consultancy in the University College as well as at higher learning institutions and in the community. The objectives of the Library are to meet the information needs of the academic community by acquiring, processing, storing, preserving and disseminating relevant materials, managing an information database, educating and training library users on search, access and utilization of information services and providing practical training facilities for Students..
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 interlibrary 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 MoCU strategic plan.
The library is administratively under the Directorate of Co-operative Library and Archives. The directorate is made up of four departments namely:
The Library contains over 18,000 book titles in nearly 45,000 book volumes, 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. Books in the Collection belong to different subject areas such as Co-operation, Information Technology, Management, Accounting, Sociology, Marketing, Microfinance, Banking, Business Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Taxation, Materials Management, Communication Skills, Auditing, Law, Entrepreneurship, Research Methods, Community Development and many others.
The Collection is subdivided into five areas as follows;
Services provided include book lending, readers' advisory, general reference, and special reserve and Internet services. Reprographic, scanning, printing and spiral binding services are also offered to clients. There are 6 Online Public Access Catalogue ( OPACs ) to enable Students and other users to browse the online catalogue. There is also a TV set meant to provide health information to users so as to create awareness with regard to HIV/AIDS. Users can access the library through the Internet. The library is fully automated.
Library services are available to University Students, Lecturers and Staff. Outsiders who consist of Researchers, Students of other higher learning institutions as well as members of the general public also are given access to the library at a fee or with special permit.
Individuals who are neither administrative staff nor members of the academic community are required to pay Tsh. 500/- per day or a fixed sum of sh.12, 000/- per annum being charges for the use of available information resources in the library. Those attending tailor-made programmes (TMPs) pay sh.3, 000/-through the duration of the course. These rates are subject to periodic review.
A total of 500 Users can be accommodated in the library at a time. Plans are under way to expand the existing library building so it may accommodate 1,200 users at a time.