The Library is the heart of the University of Dar es Salaam and it is an integral part of the University mission which revolves around teaching, research and consultancy. It is also a legal depository for materials on Tanzania, including government publications, University publications and UN and allied agencies publications. The library maintains five major collections: Arts and Social Sciences, Law, Science and Engineering, Reference and Document Delivery and East African which is a research collection. There is also ICT unit which provides technical and managerial support to realize excellence in teaching, learning and research.
The library provides access to both print and electronic information resources including number of print and electronic journals and books. It maintains a collection of more than 400,000 titles and over 2,800 printed journals and a number of electronic journal databases.
The library also provides information services to library users within and outside The University community. These services include: lending of library materials, document delivery services, traditional and electronic references services, Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) and Current Awareness Services (CAS). Other services provided by the library include research, publication and consultancy, information literacy and computer training for library users and conference facilities.