Registration and Regulations



The following persons are allowed to register and use the library:
• All bonafide students of Adventist University of Africa
• All members of faculty, Adjunct faculty and non-academic staff
• All alumni
• Advent Hill community
• Community surrounding the University

Registration Requirements

Students must be registered at the circulation desk; they will use their university student ID cards to access library services. Advent Hill occasional guests are not required to register but may use the library for reference. Other guests from the university environs who may wish to use the library will pay an annual membership subscription fee of KES 2,000.00. This membership will allow the use of the library resources within JTL premises.


Library services will only be available to all library users with a valid student ID or library card. Registered users are expected to bring their ID cards with them if they intend to check out items.

Circulation of Information Materials

Note 1: Family members of Advent Hill workers may borrow library items against the name of the principal worker upon presentation of their identification.
Note 2: It is the responsibility of the patron to remember the due dates for the books they borrow. Please check the last date stamped on the due date slip.
Reference materials are to be used within the library only. Audio-Visual materials can only be used within the library. Library users can borrow books from the General stacks as indicated in the table below:

User Category No. of Books Borrowing Period
AUA Students 8 7 days
AUA Faculty 8 28 days
AUA Non-Academic Staff 8 14 days
Advent Hill Community Employees 4 14 days 


Overdue Fines

 Overdue fines will be levied on overdue library resources as follows: 

• Regular books to ALL patrons shall be charged at a rate of KES 10.00 per book for each overdue day.
• KES 20.00 will be charged per an extra HOUR above the stipulated duration per item on all Short Loan materials.

Payment of Fines
All fines must be paid in cash to the cashier in the administration office. The payee will be issued a receipt which will be presented at the library circulation desk for clearance. No items will be issued to patrons with overdue fines.

Renewal of books
Books may be renewed only once if they are not reserved. However, they are subject to recall before the due date if need be. Recalled books must be returned as instructed and failure to do so will necessitate a fine at a rate of KES 5.00 per day.

Short Loans
Only one book from the Short Loan section will be borrowed at a time for 3 hours. The same resource can also be checked out overnight, but has to be returned to the library within the first hour when the library opens; failure to do so will necessitate a fine at a rate of KES 20.00 per hour.

Damaged and/or Lost Materials
If materials are damaged or lost, the patron must pay the replacement cost. If a damaged or lost book is subsequently replaced, the library will charge 10% of the total cost of the book for processing. A notice of these charges will be sent to the patron.

There is 1 computer in the library designated for accessing the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). This should not be used for document processing, accessing the internet or e-mails. Formal instruction will be given on how to access the OPAC.

Reprographic services
Printing and photocopying services have been outsourced. Charges can be paid in cash or charged to the patron’s account. The proprietor of the company reserves the right to adjust the printing/photocopying charges.

Copyright Issues
Library materials are protected by copyright laws which make its deliberate infringements a criminal offence. Permissible copying limits shall be 10% or less of a book made for academic purposes. Any violation of copyright laws will be the responsibility of the patron, and the photocopying agent in accordance with the Laws of Kenya; the copyright act, chapter 130, 2014.

Library User Code of Conduct

• Users must provide a valid ID card at all times in order to be served in the library.
• Do not consume food or drink apart from water in the library.
• Do not remove any items from the library unless they are officially issued out to you.
• Respect other user’s rights to use the library.
• Observe absolute silence while in the library.
• Do not make or receive phone calls in the library.
• Do not re-shelf books after use.
• Do not leave books you have not borrowed in your reading carrels, especially reference books.
• Do not rearrange or move chairs or tables within the library.
• Marking, writing on, underlining and defacing or mutilating of any library material is strictly prohibited.
• All readers leaving the library in possession of books, papers and bags must show them to the security personnel at the exit point.

OPAC and E-Resources



Click the following link for a Tutorial on how to access OPAC

 Online Public Access Catalog is the online database of all the materials available in Judith Thomas Library.

Users may search the catalogue by titles, authors, or subjects to locate books and other published materials relevant to their research.

For access, kindly follow this link: OPAC



Institutional Repository


A digital collection of Adventist University of Africa research output.



MyLOFT - My Library on Finger Tips


Allows seamless access to library subscribed e-Resources.




Click the following link for a Tutorial on how to access E-Resources



Subscribed Resources


ProQuest Central


A multidisciplinary resource that brings together ProQuest’s most used databases in education, humanities, psychology, science, social sciences, and news.


Ebook Central


Hosts millions of multidisciplinary eBooks from thousands of publishers.




Offers access to a collection database of journals in Health, Business, Social Sciences, and Religion among other subjects.


Emerald Insight


Management and library & information services journals. The service also provides access to leading titles in marketing, business disciplines, engineering and materials science.




An archive of thousands of academic journals in fields of Education, History, humanities, social sciences, Art and Art History, Language and Literature among others.




Research4Life content is grouped into the following collections:  


  • Hinariis one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature.
  • AGORA  is an outstanding digital library collection in the fields of food and agriculture.
  • ARDIgives access to scientific and technical information.
  • GOALIEfocuses on law and social sciences, including politics, economics, philosophy, history and more.
  • OAREcollects information resources on environment, including ecology, geography, energy and more.


IEEE Xplore


The IEEE Xplore Digital Library contains nearly 4 million documents from IEEE and IEEE journals, transactions, magazines, letters, conference proceedings, and active IEEE standards, and it delivers full text access to the world's highest quality technical literature in engineering and technology.


Project Muse


Provides access to full-text journals and eBooks in areas of Religion, Philosophy, Education, Technology, Medicine and Health, Social Sciences among others.




Offers periodicals, Books, Working Papers and statistics in areas of Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Environmental issues.


Taylor & Francis


Offers access to millions of quality peer-reviewed journal articles in Information Science, Social Sciences and Humanities, Physical Sciences, and many more subject areas.


Sage Research Methods


Provides material in research Methods, Qualitative and Quantitative, cases, videos, datasets. 


Henry Stewart Talks Ltd


Subject Strength: Biomedicine, Life Sciences, Marketing and Management collection.


Open Access Resources


Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)


A discovery service that provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books.


Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)


An online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.




Publisher of Open Access books within fields of Science, Technology, and Medicine.




The world’s largest collection of open access research papers.




Comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.


Google Scholar


A freely accessible web search engine for searching scholarly literature.


Adventist Resources


Adventist Digital Library


A collection of online Seventh-day Adventist resources.


Ellen G. White Writings


A collection of Ellen White resources. 


GC Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research (ASTR)


The official records center and archives for the Seventh-day Adventist world church.


Seventh-day Adventist Church


Official website of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Ministry Magazine


International professional journal published monthly for the Adventist pastors and religious professionals, and to clergy of other religious groups.


African Seventh-day Adventist History (ASAH)


Provides open access information, documents and materials on the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Our Services


Circulation: In this section, books loaned out, reserved or checked in back to the library.

Acquisitions: The department in the library responsible for the selection and purchase of the library’s information resources. Acquisition is done in collaboration with faculty and guided by the library’s collection development policy.

User Services: A Library section that offers assistance, advice, and instructions to library patrons. This is the main public service point where all library users must report to for any queries regarding the use of the library resources, from which they are given more directions on where go and what to do.

Current Awareness Service: This service creates awareness of the library’s new collection, or awareness on a particular field of interest for a particular period.

Cataloguing: Library users are able to access bibliographic details of library’s information materials as a result of cataloguing process.

Classification: A section in the library that classifies books according to their subject content using the Library of Congress classification scheme. This ensures books of the same subject are shelved together, and therefore, easy to find.

Inter-library collaboration program: Users from JTL and collaborating libraries are able to access information materials in accordance to the agreed terms of the collaboration.

Sections of JTL

General Section: This section contains books and resources that can be borrowed out by patrons for a stipulated period of time. They are arranged in accordance to the Library of Congress classification scheme.

Reference Section: Contains reference material whose usage is restricted to within the library premises. On special occasions, reference material can be given to patrons for overnight usage.

Periodicals Section: Contain publications and articles that are released on a regular basis regarding various topics of interest to the learners within the university.

Reserve: This section contains books and other resources whose demand is high, but has a limited number. As such, usage is limited to the library, and for a short period of time.

Africana Collection: A section in the library that contains books whose main subject content has emphasis on Africa.

Leadership Collection: Contains information materials on leadership to support the motto of Adventist University of Africa of shaping leaders.

Special Collection: This section contains around 2,000 volumes donated by the VC, Dr. Delbert Baker. Subjects represented include leadership, psychology, religion, biographies, health, counseling, history, management and many more.

Research Collection: Contain research books and research works by AUA alumni, faculty members, and other researchers who wish to have their work availed for research. Resources on this section can be checked out to patrons.




VPN Access

Click Here to download the VPN configurations and instructions.

EBSCO Host : Offers access to a collection databases of journals in Health, Business, Social Sciences, and Religion among other subjects

Emerald Group Publishing Ltd : A global publisher that manages a portfolio of over 290 journals and 2000 book titles in areas of Business, Management, Marketing, Information Sciences, and Computer Science.

JSTOR : An archive of thousands of academic journals in fields of Education, History, humanities, social sciences, Art and Art History, Language and Literature among others.

World Bank e-library : A collection of online books, reports/working papers, journals and other documents of social and economic development provided by the World Bank.

OECD : Offers periodicals, Books, Working Papers and statistics in areas of Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences and Environmental issues.

Springer : Offers access to journals, books and publications in Public Health, Biomedical Sciences, Business and Management, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Medicine, Philosophy, Computer Science, and Education & Language.

Annual Reviews : Publications in Economics, Biomedical, Physical and Social Sciences.

Project MUSE : Provides access to full-text journals and ebooks in areas of Religion, Philosophy, Education, Technology, Medicine and Health, Social Sciences among others.

Gale Databases Offers content in Health, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science and Technology.

African Digital Library : Provides digitized full text resources to learners in Africa, thereby contributing to the revitalization of education and lifelong learning on the continent and alleviation of digital divide.

African Journal Archive : A digitization project of full-text journal articles published in Africa, in the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, providing access to a multi-disciplinary, multi-country digital archive of Africa’s research and cultural heritage contained in its journal literature.

Bible Gateway : Enables the search the Bible in variuous languages including English, German, Swedish, Latin, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Tagalog, and Norwegian.

Bible Commentaries Online : Offers explanations and interpretations of Bible verses using an online Bible commentary.

New Testament Gateway : A web directory of internet resources on the New Testament.

American Religion Data Archives : The ARDA provides free access to the most authoritative religion statistics, data and church membership reports from around the world

Christian Classics Ethereal Library : This is a library that aims at building up the church by making classic Christian writings available and promoting their use.

Research in Ministry : RIM indexes and Abstracts projects and theses of Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Doctor of Missiology (DMiss) and Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) from schools accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)

Project Wittenberg : This is an electronic text initiative which converts to electronic form the writings of Martin Luther and Other Lutherans.

ERIC (Education Resource Information Center) : ERIC is the world's largest digital library of education literature. It contains mostly peer-reviewed education journals articles and other education-related materials.

Internet Public Library, ipl2
Ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections. It is through the efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day.

PubMed : Comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

General - Books
Online Books : A listing over 1 million free books on the Web.

Open Text Books : A Registry of textbooks and related materials free for anyone to use, reuse and redistribute. It is an initiative designed to promote direct teaching/learning opportunities. You can participate as a student by signing up for a course or as a teacher by designing and running a course.

Project Gutenberg : Enables users to download free eBooks for kindle, android, ipad, nook, epub or read online without any registration requirement.

General Newspapers
World Newspaper Archive : A newspaper Archive From 1607 to Present.

General Periodicals
Directory of Open Access Journals, DOAJ A website with categorized, searchable links to free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

Electronic Journals Library : Offers a list of full text journals categorized by subject and by title.

Global Ethics Library : Offers access to a large number of resources on ethics, especially through its leading global digital ethics library and facilitates collaborative web-based research, conferences, online publishing and information sharing.

Highwire Articles and Abstracts : HighWire Press is the largest archive of free full-text science journals and articles on Earth as of 5/15/13!

Open J-Gate : Open Access Initiative is a new paradigm in scholarly publishing whose aim is to promote models that ensure free and unrestricted access to scholarly & research journals. It offers seamless access millions of journals.

Global Missiology : Global Missiology is a quarterly publication of contributions from international researchers, practitioners and scholars who have a global perspective.

Mislinks : Offers links to Web-based resources for missionaries, pastors, teachers, researchers, students, and agencies. : Provides resources for missions’ education.

Network for Strategic Missions : Provides resources for missions.

Seventh-day Adventism
Seventh-day Adventist Periodical Index
Contains complete list of Indexed periodicals and links to full or partial text, Periodical Index Information, Andrews University Library Catalog Main Page, and information on how to obtain photocopies of articles.

Adventist Digital Library : This is a collection of online material that is of interest to Seventh-day Adventists.

Judith Thomas Library


  • Welcome from the Librarian

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.

  • Introduction

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.

  • Vision

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.

  • Mission

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.

  • Operating Hours


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.

  • Friends of the Library

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.


  • Policy Documents

Draft Information Literacy Curriculum

Draft Judith Thomas Library Policy

Draft Judith Thomas Library Strategic Plan 

Draft Judith Thomas Library ICT Policy


  • Contact Us


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

Use the below address to get a hold of the University.

  • Hot line: 254 733-333-451/452

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