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How do I register as a member of KSL Library?

Membership is open to all registered students of KSL and members of staff and faculty. Others including the publics, alumni and approved professionals may use the library by permission from the Librarian.


Does KSL library offer user education/orientation?

Yes. At the beginning of every academic year, the Library runs a two weeks and one day Information Literacy Training for ATP and PS respectively.


How do I access past papers, supplementary notes and course outlines?

Upon registration, students are taken through registration for personal accounts creation. Through which they can access the above resources, which the library has endeavored to digitize.


When is the Library open?

Monday – Friday
8.30 – 8.00 p.m.
9.00 – 2.00 p.m
Sundays and Public holidays: closed


What are the requirements and charges for photocopying or printing services?

Photocopying; Ksh. 2 per page
To procure either of the services, one must belong to either of the following categories; student, faculty or the public.The photocopier is located on the ground floor next to the issue/circulation desk. Photocopying is rendered under strict observance of the copy right law.

Printing;Ksh. 5 per page
Patrons are advised to email their work for printing through the following; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text26726); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in event the network is down, save such work on a flash disk and seek advance permission from available library staff to have it printed for him/her. The printer is in the office on the right hand side as one enters the library.


How do I borrow or renew a book(s)?

  1. Take the book(s) you wish to the circulation area found at the Entry/Exit point of the library on ground floor; item will be issued upon presenting a student’s library cards and ID.
  2. To renew a book(s), patrons must be physically present and satisfactorily justify to the staff on due reasons for renewal whose verdict may be negative or positive depending several factors

Renewing refers to extending the deadline of the borrowed books in a limited period of time. This shall be done on/before the resource’s due date.
Renewals will NOT be accepted if:

    • The book is overdue and accruing fine
    • The book has been reserved,
    • Patron has exhausted his/her renewing limit (once)


How Many Books can one Borrow?

4 books for 2 weeks

2 books for 1 week

Only registered members of the library general books. Periodicals, reference and special collection materials are for use in the library only. Reserve materials can be lent on short loan basis. Items for loan must be taken to the Issue/circulation desk. Issuing of library materials ceases 20 minutes to closing time.


Can a patron with overdue books continue to enjoy borrowing services?

Accounts of patrons with overdue books are automatically locked out. This means that they cannot continue to borrow books until they return the overdue items and further settle the accrued fines.


How much does one pay as fine for overdue books?

General books (Normal loan) charges; Ksh.20.00 per day
Reserve books (Short loan) charges; Ksh.20.00 per hour


Can a patron borrow a book(s) using another patron’s identification documents?

No, it is not permissible to use other patron's document(s) to borrow library resources


Has KSL library subscribed to any on-line databases?

EBSCO Host databases
The Library subscribes to EBSCO Host Research Databasesthat allowsaccess to 8 major databases: Academic Search Premier; Business Source Premier; ERIC; Master file Premier; Newspaper Source; Health Source : Nursing & Academic; Health Source : Consumer Edition; Medline.

Other Online databases accessible are

  • Lexis Nexis
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Mary Ann Liebert Publishers
  • Springer Link Journals
  • Wiley Online Library
  • Taylor & Francis Online Journals
  • Emerald


What is the procedure for accessing online resources?

Cick here to download the procedure

Why can't we access online databases off campus

When a library negotiates and signs a license with a vendor for a product(s), it provides IP addresses that represent the parent organization’s network. When an unauthorized users attempts to access such resource(s) as EBSCO Host Databases, the vendor's system checks the user's IP address. If the address falls within the range of addresses associated with one of their customer libraries, access is allowed. This arrangement restricts resource access within the organization's network ONLY. This one of the many security control measures for electronic resources.


How do I recommend to the library to purchase a book (s) and journal(s)?

Recommendations are made through any library staff at your disposal physically by handing him/her detailed bibliography of the book. Alternatively, through emailing any of the library staff whose addresses are found on KSL website and leave your suggestions and comments. The acquisition librarian will act on them.

What should I do if my student/library card got lost and I still want to borrow books?
Immediately report to the library staff for arrangements to be made very quickly for replacement of a new card because they will not be issued with books from the library until they bring the card or acquire a new one. Issuing of Library materials is mainly done using the card.

Replacement cost;
Student card Ksh. 500.00 (pay point, Finance)
Library card Ksh. 200.00 (pay point, Library)


What happens to my account if I happen to lose a Library book?

First and foremost report to the Librarian immediately then take time and check the Library shelves in case it has been returned then inform the library staff at the issue desk. If unsuccessful, the staffs will continuously make series of checks to ensure that the book is found. If still not found after two weeks it will be listed as lost and the patron will be required to make Double replacement for the lost book(s) by liaising with librarian to ascertain the actual price andpurchase by(self) or with assistance from library.


Can I stop fines from accruing in my account after losing library book(s) while I look for it?

Yes. But for this to be effected, you need to report loss of the bookimmediately and further contact the Librarian for direction.


Have a question that's not listed?

Kindly send your questions, comments or suggestions via E-mail, phone, and in-person found on the KSL website specifically under “About the library”.


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