St. Mary’s University Library was established in 1998 to serve as a resource center of books to enhance the teaching–learning process, research, and public service and meet the goals of the university through up-to-date information.
To this end, the library sets out to accomplish the folloing major tasks:
  • Ensure that plans and targets of the university are fulfilled;
  • Plan, administer and safeguard the assets of the university;
  • Ensure the smooth running of the library service in line with the aims and objectives of the university;
  • Develop and manage collections;
  • Identify and provide learning resources to instructors , researchers, and students;
  • Efficiently and economically manage available resources
  • Establishing a conducive study environment which caters for the interests of  library users;
  • Train staff members  and other library users to develop their information service skills for efficient and effective utilization of information resources;
  • Carrying out appropriate development work in the library with the aim of improving the library’s multiple purpose services;
  • Maintain effective links with  domestic and  international educational institutions;
  • Work towards continuous growth and development.

The SMU library has organized collection of information resources accessible to students as well as academic and administrative staff member. The library's collection includes books, periodicals, policy documents in hard copies and in other forms like CDs, e-books, Audio books and databases to support the teaching-learning process and research endeavors, and to respond to the needs of the entire university community. The two libraries located at Mexico Campus belong to Business, Law and IT Faculties, and the Graduate School library is located  at the Green Campus  is set up with the view to provide graduate school students and distance learners with additional reference materials. The University has so far managed to avail mini-libraries at a substantial number of the University’s distance learning coordinating centers.

The University library actively works in partnership with Addis Ababa University, Civil Service University, the UNECA library, African Union library, National Archives and Libraries Agency, Alliance-Ethio-Franchise library, Forum for Social Studies, the Institute of Agricultural Research library and the International Livestock Research Institute.


The SMU library has free online catalogues, full-text, journals, articles, abstracts, reviews resources and catalogue databases. To exploit e-resources, you can visit the library or the university web-site at ‘’ or enter through ‘’ and click on logo of ‘Online Catalogue’.

The library has also secured online services of electronic resources that are available through PERI, HINARI and OARE in collaboration with INASP and from the American based research archive-JSTOR (, African Journal Online (, and Heinonline (


The library has general information, service standards, procedures, manuals and selected policies on the use of facilities and collections.


The UL operates in a closed and open access systems. SMUL houses monographs, print journals, magazines and audiovisual collections. The UL has also access to online e-resources (full-text, documents, reviews, abstracts, and databases). In addition to these, digital off-line resources and CD-ROMs are also available in the library.


The SMUL uses both traditional and OPAC catalogues as its principal gateways to all its collections.


The libraries have a circulation desk where its staff will assist users to check-out library materials. The library staff members also recall and trace items which users cannot find in the stack and answer questions about circulation policy and issuance of borrowing cards.


Staff members are available at service desks in each library to help users find information and get proper services, collection and resources of SMU libraries. You can also contact the libraries via telephone and e-mail to get these services.


Periodicals are one of the most valuable assets in the libraries as they are publications that contain up-to-date information.  They serve as valuable research supplement to the other materials found in the libraries.


SMU libraries provide inter-library loan service that facilitates borrowing and lending resources within SMU libraries and libraries of other institutions.


Acquisition is one of the services in SMU libraries. The policy of SMU libraries is developing an up-to-date library collection with a large number of books, periodicals, newspapers and CD-ROMs.  The acquisition of materials is on-going, and new books and materials are consistently being added to the current collection.


SMUL is open for 12 hours a day from 8:00AM- 8:00PM (Monday-Saturday) and 9 hours on Sunday from 8:00AM-3:00PM, except in public holidays.