The library at MUST is housed in one of the most spacious, modern and beautiful buildings and comprises of three floors. It is fitted with a 3M electromagnetic book detection security system to primarily secure library resources from pilferage by library users.
It is also well furnished with Cantilibra shelves, reading carrels, and computer tables and desks, and houses three computer laboratories, one for undergraduates, the second for postgraduate students and the third for geographical information systems. These computer laboratories can accommodate 150 students at a time.
The MUST library had a print book collection of 1,494 titles, comprising 8,000 volumes. These resources are for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The library has also embraced technology by stocking E-resources and eBooks. From the beginning of the process of setting up the library, MUST envisioned the creation and enhancement of an electronic library collection. The creation and development of both the print collection and electronic collection is on a 50:50 basis. The print collection, therefore, is complemented by the negotiated unlimited access to procured electronic books, which reduces pressure on print resources.
The MUST library is also a member of a local consortium called the Malawi Library and Information Consortium (MALICO) which subscribes to electronic resources. Through this consortium, the University enjoys access to about 30 international databases of full text electronic information resources under both open source and commercial basis.
It also has over 417 titles of eBooks, 85 percent of which are on unlimited access license agreement. They are accessed on the EBSCOhost platform. The eBooks are in areas of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Metallurgical Engineering.
The electronic books and the MALICO subscribed electronic resources together with electronic access to the catalogue of the available print books otherwise known as the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) collectively are the MUST Electronic Library (eLibrary).
The MUST library is automated and uses the Universal Knowledge Software (UKS), Symphony, to manage its information and services. Symphony integrates library technical aspects of book processing to create records of all available books in the library, all eBooks and electronic resources to provide a user interface of an electronic library. With an improved Internet access, the Symphony is also compatible with information access and use that is not limited by geographic locations.Malawi University Must Library and ICT