Entry Date Oct 08 2013 // Library

The Library is one of the most recent Sections of the AUABC to be established, its core function is to support the board and administrative activities of the members and staff of the Board. In responding to the various research demands the Library develops its collection in Anticorruption, legislation of AU member States, relevant case law on anticorruption, Good Governance, and so many other material related to Preventing and Combating corruption in the Africa. It also serves as a specialized library focusing on writings on Preventing,combating corruption and welcomes other user communities to exploit its resources.

Vision of the library

To be a center of excellence of information resources for the AU Convention on Preventing and Combating corruption and all other applicable African and applicable international human rights instruments.

Mission of the Library

Founded on the central importance of knowledge and information on Preventing and Combating Corruption, the library exists to provide efficient library and information services. Its supports the judicial activities and legal endeavors of the Judges, Legal Officers, staff of the Court and approved external users.

The functions of the library include:

  1. Acquiring, organizing and avail materials, especially serials (print and electronic format) that require in-depth analysis of subject matter, provision of original bibliographic description and classification ; Organizing the continuous production of a full range of library services, including the use of electronic document servers, external databases and other networked resources, as well as users services at the library desk ; Evaluate adequacy of existing reference tools for bibliographic description ; Advise other units and departments seeking expertise in content organisation and data ; Guide, coach, train and supervise staff that may be assigned in the function ;
  2. Carrying out periodic user surveys to establish the ever-changing needs of the users.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday : 8 am to 5pm: Open
Weekends , Tanzanian  Public Holidays and African Union holidays: Closed

The Library Online Catalogue shall be available on the website, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This will allow users to search the electronic database of books and links to electronic journals (e-journals) and electronic books (e-books).


  1. Main Users : Board Members and staff of the AUABC
  2. Guest Users : Students, researchers, members and staff of other organs of the African Union, representatives of non-governmental and civil society organizations. These users can access the library during the opening hours by appointment three days (3) in advance.

The Library Collection

The library collection includes:

  • Professional texts
  • Professional and scholarly journals
  • Reference collection (biographies, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, prospectuses, catalogues, annual reports etc.)
  • Regional and international dailies (General)
  • Regional and international journals (General)
  • Electronic Journals
  • Electronic Books
  • Selected Audio Visual materials (CD, DVD, VHS)
  • Journals (hard copies and electronic journals)
  • These and other academic works in the area of Preventing and Combating Corruption

Library Rules and Regulations

In order to ensure that the best possible environment for research is provided for all users, each user of the library will be required to abide by the Library Rules and Regulations listed below.


  • The library is a place for silent and private study. Users must therefore maintain silence at all times.
  • All users are required to present an identity card or similar document before using the library.
  • Library materials must not be marked, defaced, mutilated or annotated in any way.
  • Consultations and discussions in the Library are strictly prohibited. The court provides other areas for such activity.
  • Users must observe copyright regulations and provision in respect of all library items.
  • The PCs in the library are meant for searching the library database and the Internet only.
  • Readers are requested to use the coat stand and baggage area provided at the Library entrance for their personal belongings.


  • The number of items that a user may borrow at any given time will be as follows:
  • Board Members: 5 books for 1 month.
  • Other staff members: 3 books for one month.
  • External users: These cannot borrow and take away items. They can only use items in the library, with the permission of the Registrar.
  • Users’ library details will be contained in a bar code which will be embedded on to the staff ID card.
  • Users will therefore need to present their ID cards at the checkout counter.
  • Borrowed items may not be lent to third parties.
  • Users must immediately inform the library of changes in their contact address.
  • Loss or damage of any library items must be immediately reported to the library.
  • No library item shall be taken out of the Library without due procedure.
  • Books/Journals must be left on the tables where they were used. Users should not return them to the shelves. This will be done by the librarians.
  • Lost or damaged items shall be replaced at the cost of the borrower, at the prevailing market rates and a USD 10 administrative fee.
  •  The Library will not engage in interlibrary loans until such a time when the collection is large enough. It will however seek to obtain items for its users from other libraries.

Conduct in the library

  • Mobile telephones must be switched off and may not be used in the reading room.
  • Discussions and consultations are not allowed in the library.
  • Smoking and eating are not permitted in the Library.
  • Notices may not be displayed in the Library without the approval of the Librarian.
  • Personal items should not be left unattended in the library. The library shall not accept responsibility for loss or damage to such items.
  •  Bags, briefcases, raincoats, and umbrellas shall not be taken into the Library, but should be left at the baggage area near the exit.
  • Desks and furniture should not be moved without the permission of the Librarian.
  • Users should demonstrate courtesy to other users and staff at all times.


African Union Advisory on Corruption
Conseil Consultatif De L’ Union Africaine Sur La Corruption

Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), Serengeti Wings, 3rd Floor, 

East Africa Road, Sekei, 

P.O. Box 6071, Arusha, Tanzania.
Fax: +255 27 205 0031