Establishment History

St. Mary’s University Library was established in 1998 to serve as center for collection, processing, storage and distribution of information and knowledge resources in print and electronic formats to enhance the teaching-learning process, research, and public service and meet the goals of the university through provision of up-to-date information.


Duties and responsibilities

To this end, the library strives to accomplish the following major tasks:

      • Work toward ensuring that plans and targets of the University are fulfilled;
      • Plan, administer and safeguard the print and electronic materials of the University;
      • Ensure the smooth running of the library service in line with the aims and objectives of theUniversity;
      • Develop and manage collections;
      • Identify and provide learning resources to instructors , researchers, and students;
      • Manage available resources efficiently and economically;
      • Establish a conducive study environment which caters to 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;
      • Carry out appropriate development work in the library with the aim of improving the library’s multi-purpose services;
      • Maintain effective links with  domestic and  international educational institutions;
      • Work towards continuous growth and development of the University.


The SMU library has organized collection of information resources accessible to students as well as academic and administrative staff members. The library's collection includes books,  journals, periodicals, policy documents in hard copies and in other forms such as CDse-books, e journals, a and databases to support the teaching-learning process and research endeavors and to respond to the needs of the entire university community. The library system has three libraries located at different sites. The two libraries located at the Undergraduate Campus mainly serve students from the undergraduate programs of Business, Accounting and Finance, Informatics and Tourism and Hospitality Management. The Graduate School library, located at the Main Campus, off-Roosevelt Street, provides services to graduate school students and distance learners. The Library takes up the whole length of the ground floor of the graduate school Building and has become the Main Library. The University has so far managed to avail mini-libraries at a substantial number of the University’s distance learning coordinating centers to create easy access to learning resource for those pursuing their education through distance mode of learning.


Electronic Database

The SMU library has free online catalogues, full-text journals, articles, abstracts, reviews, theses and catalogue databases. To exploit e-resources, you can visit the library or the university web-site at ‘’ or “”. You may browse the web-site at ‘’ to access the theses.


The library has also secured online services of electronic resources that are available through PERI, HINARI, AGORA and OARE in collaboration with INASP and from the American based research archive-JSTOR (, African Journal Online (, and Heinonline ( Students enrolled in the MBA in Entrepreneurship can enjoy the rich collections of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan.


Access and Usage

The library has general information, service standards, procedures, manuals and policies on the use of facilities and collections. Pleas read the following paragraphs to learn about access and usage of SMU library and related resources.



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.


Library Catalogue

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


Circulation Services

The libraries have a circulation desk where the library 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.


Reference Services

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.


Periodical Services

Periodicals are among 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 has collections of periodicals which are accessible to students and staff alike.


Inter-Library Loan Services

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


Library acquisitions

Acquisition is one of the operations SMU libraries carry out. 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 in print and electronic formats. While adding more resource to its library through a variety of means, SMU library strives to provide students with more options to easy access to learning resources. In this regard, SMU library has entered agreements with many institutions which are located at different parts of Addis Ababa so that students would be able to use these resource centers at their convenience.



The University library actively works in partnership with Addis Ababa University, Civil Service University, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa library, African Union library, National Archives and Libraries Agency, Ethiopian Management Institution, Ethiopia Economic Association, Forum for Social Studies, the Institute of Agricultural Research Library and the International Livestock Research Institute.


Opening hours

SMUL is open for 12 hours a day from 8:00AM – 8:00PM (Monday-Saturday) and 9 hours on Sunday from 8:00AM – 5:00PM, except for public holidays.



Undergraduate Campus

Phone: +251-11 553 8001

P. O. Box: 1211

Addis Ababa