Unam library

Library and information services are often regarded as vital contributions to education, research, knowledge generation, knowledge management, and knowledge dissemination. The University of Namibia Library is a national information support system that provides access to high-quality information and knowledge needed to support the University’s academic programs and curriculum – it is a knowledge hub that underpins research and education.

Our Mission

To facilitate excellence in teaching and learning, create an appropriate study and research environment, anticipate and respond to student learning and research needs, contribute to positive graduate outcomes and provide an information infrastructure necessary for ground-breaking teaching, learning and research.

Our Purpose

To deliver client-focused innovative information products, services and programs of the highest quality that are integrated with, and central to, the University’s teaching, learning, research and community service activities.

Our Values

Commitment to Excellence

To work together as a team committed to provide the best possible service to our clients. We opt to maintain a safe, quiet, supportive and welcoming study, reading and research environment.

Transparency and Accountability

We use resources in an effective, ethical, transparent and responsible manner.


We provide training opportunities for all our staff to develop their knowledge and skills, and encourage innovation and respond creatively to new challenges.

Open Communication

We promote open, appropriate and timely communication to engage and inform students, staff and all our clients.


We embrace diversity and treat each other and our clients with respect and dignity.

Our Vision

Is that all library staff, services, collections and facilities become tools that meet the information needs of users in order to achieve the national goals now and in the future.


  • Secure adequate facilities and resources and manage these creatively to serve as an intellectual home to students and staff and the community at large.
  • Provide greater access to digital collections while continuing to build and improve collections in all formats to meet research, teaching and learning needs of the University.
  • Recruit, hire, and retain quality staff with expertise in delivering excellent service in response to the rapidly changing needs of the University.
  • Provide an easily accessible, user-friendly and safe environment that fosters research and study, teaching and learning for both library users and library employees.
  • Apply appropriate technological innovations and promote innovative adoptions of emerging learning technologies to achieve productivity and efficiency.
  • Communicate library services to raise awareness and promote partnership with other libraries, educational institutions and local community.
  • Create a forward thinking, dynamic staff that is responsive and flexible in order to achieve the library mission and goals.
  • Continue to improve the library’s effectiveness through systematic, ongoing outcome assessment.
  • Offer formal and informal instructions to promote information literacy.

In order for the library to follow the principles of the mission, vision and goals outlined above, the library has articulated its structure with the basic staff compliment with the levels of skills and expertise to initiate, innovate, plan, implement and pro-actively deliver an information service that meets or exceeds the needs of the academic community.