Dr LugyaBy the nature of the establishment of Busitema University, Busitema University Library (BuLib) operates a decentralized library system that comprise of six (6) Campus Libraries of Busitema University located in Eastern Uganda. The Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2006 (UOTIA Act, 2001, Rev. 2006) mandates the University Library to develop, collect, manage, disseminate, control and coordinate all library and information services of Busitema University. The Library envisions itself as a Distinctive Signifier of Excellence in the provision of library and information services in Africa and will achieve this by signifying excellence in the provision of World-Class library services to support the intellectual life of the University. Through demonstrating quality and value in the provision of services and programmes, Busitema University Library is confident of exceeding users’ expectations, and retain user’s loyalty. The University Library subscribes to the core values of Busitema University including; Respect, Professionalism, Customer First, Innovativeness, and Integrity. 

The University Library is an academic unit whose overall administration is vested in the office of the University Librarian who reports to the Vice-Chancellor. The University Librarian, Dr. Fredrick Kiwuwa Lugya is a member of the Busitema University Top Management and Senate. The Library Management comprises of the University Librarian, the Deputy University Librarian and the six (6) Campus Librarians.

The Library conducts its business through five Library Committees with well-defined functions including: Library Management Committee; Finance and Facilities Committee; Appointments and Promotions Committee; Collections, Conservation and Preservation Committee, and Library Academic and Research Board.

The policy making body of the University Library is the Academic Affaiars and Library Committee (AA&LC), which is a Senate Committee chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in Charge of Academic Affaisrs (DVC-AA). The AA&LC is composed of members of Senate representing the Science, Arts and Humanities, Library, Students and other relevant stakeholders.

The entire library collection consists print and electronic materials. Overall, there are over 100,000 monographs and 50,000 electronic books with an annual average addition of over 1,000 print books and 5,000 electronic books; 2,000 bound serials/ periodicals with an annual subscription of 30,000 serial titles. Access to the print and some of the electronic materials is through Busitema University Library catalogue; while the locally produced research and students projects are accessible through the Busitema University Institutional Repository.

Historical Background

Busitema University Library emerged from the amalgamation of the collections from the two founding Colleges in September 2007 - the National College of Agricultural Mechanisations, currently the Engineering Library at Busitema; and the National Teacher's College, which is the Science and Education Library at Nagongera. Prior to the opening of the Busitema University on 3rd October, 2007, there were two Faculties then - the Faculty of Engineering at Busitema Campus and the Faculty of Science and Education at Nagongera Campus. Today, there are six (6) Faculties, and thus six (6) Campus Libraries.

Busitema University Library System

BuLib comprises of the six (6) Campus Libraries. The Engineering Library located at Busitema Campus, the Science and Education Library at Nagongera Campus, the Health Sciences Library at Mbale, the Agriculture and Animal Sciences Library at Arapai, the Management Sciences Library at Pallisa; and the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Library at Namasagali which also houses the Maritime collection. The Engineering Library at Busitema is also the Main Library of the BuLib and therefore coordinates the core functions of the Library that include: Digitization, Collection Development and Management, Preservation and Conservation/ Bindery, Library ICTs; while the Campus Libraries coordinate all the user services that include: Reference services, Circulation, Collection Management, Information Literacy and Instruction, User Education, and Facilities Management