Judith Thomas Library


Academic Libraries are indeed lakes of mental energy. A lot of thought and strength go into producing knowledge that is manifested in books and other formats of information resources.  That is the reason Germaine Greer says that “"Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, reliable, deep and long-lasting. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed." It is amazing what libraries can do. In Judith Thomas Library, you will find adequate reading space with attractive furnishing, current and reliable information resources that are can be accessed via information technology. The inviting library environment will give you calmness as you interact with knowledge and this will leave long lasting memories and an excellent academic experience.

On behalf of Judith Thomas Library staff, I welcome you and wish you success and God’s blessings in your interaction with knowledge and other library users.

Judith Thomas Library (JTL) is an academic library that serves Adventist University of Africa. It was officially opened on 28th May 2012. The library is named after Judith Thomas, who gave seed money for the construction of the building. It conforms to the Standards and Guidelines for University Libraries issued by Kenya’s Commission for University Education. It has a relevant collection of books, journals and electronic resources as per the Judith Thomas Library Collection Development Policy. The library provides a reading area, reference services, research materials and other library services to the students, faculty, and staff under a very welcoming and conducive atmosphere. The services are also extended to workers in other institutions within the Advent Hill.

The library has a stock of over 20,000 print books, periodicals (print and electronic format) and other formats of information. The stock is divided into; general circulation and reference materials. Books are classified using the Library of Congress Classification Scheme. The library uses KOHA, an integrated library management system.

To be a top-quality graduate university library providing comprehensive resources and services in research and learning within the vision and mission of the university to the continent of Africa and the rest of the world.

To provide comprehensive information resources and services in collaboration with faculty and the university community to meet Research, Instruction and Learning needs of the Adventist graduate education in Africa and the rest of the world.


Opening Time

Closing time

Mondays to Thursdays

9:00 am

10:00 p.m. 


9:00 a.m.

3:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m.

4:00 p.m.

The proliferative nature of knowledge makes academic libraries evolvers in search of new knowledge in order to keep abreast on the current trends of Library and Information Services. This requires support and input from friends and other stake holders. It is on this basis that Judith Thomas Library upholds on to the saying that “no man lives as an island.”

You are therefore invited to be a FRIEND of the library and make a donation to help the library in achieving its mission of providing comprehensive information resources and services.


Draft Information Literacy Curriculum

Draft Judith Thomas Library Policy

Draft Judith Thomas Library Strategic Plan 

Draft Judith Thomas Library ICT Policy



The Librarian,
Judith Thomas Library,
Adventist University of Africa
Private Bag Mbagathi, 00503 Nairobi, Kenya
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