Welcome to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Libraries.  These are part of the University Library and Information services.  The Ag. College Librarian is Dr. Ruth Nalumaga. 

The College has four (4) major libraries serving the different Schools and they are indicated as follows;

1.     The School of Social Sciences and School of Women and Gender studies library. 

This is found in the Women and Gender Studies building, just opposite the University Swimming pool.  It is located on the first floor of the building. 


The Library has a collection of approximately 15,000 books mainly in the following broad disciplines;

  1. Political Science
  2. Sociology
  3. Social Work and Social Administration
  4. Women and Gender studies
  5. Social Science research methods

Periodicals:      The Library does not have current journals but receives back issues of 84 print journals from the Main Library. 

Dissertations:  The Dissertation Collection consists of approximately 2000 dissertations is housed in the School of Social Sciences (old building), ground floor, opposite the Social Sciences Board room

Other literature:          The Library has files of grey literature consisting of lecture Notes, Newspaper clips and other study materials. 

Seating capacity:        The seating capacity at the moment is 119. 


  1. Reader services
  2. Loans and reference
  3. Current awareness

Operational hours:

            Monday to Friday:      8.00 am – 9.00 pm (Semester time)

                                                8.00 am – 5.00 pm (Holiday/Recess term)

            Saturday:                     9.00 am – 5.00 pm

            Sunday:                       Closed

Borrowing Regulations

  1. Books with < 5 copies are read within the Library
  2. Books with up to 10 copies are given a maximum of 2 days
  3. Books with more than 10 copies, borrowing period takes a maximum of 7 days and for teaching staff, the period is negotiable up to a maximum of one semester.

The Librarian in charge is Dr. Ruth Nalumaga and assisted by six support staff.

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  1. School of Liberal and Performing Arts and School of Languages, Literature and Communication library.

This library was also referred to as the Former Faculty of Arts Library.  It started as a small Book bank collection in the 1990s and was later transformed into a Faculty of Arts Library. 

Location:         This library is located on Block 1 in former Institute of Languages. 


The collection consists of approximately:

  1. 18,000 monographs
  2. 800 undergraduate dissertations from 1999 - 2011
  3. 120 Postgraduate theses from 1973-2002
  4. 374 bound volumes of newspapers (New Vision and Monitor) for years 1995-2008

The Collection caters for the following broad disciplines;

  1. Philosophical studies
  2. Languages
  3. History
  4. Translation and Interpretation
  5. Drama and Performing Arts
  6. Poetry
  7. Literature and literary criticism
  8. Religion
  9. General Reference works (Dictionaries and Encyclopedias)

Seating capacity:        The Library can accommodate approximately 40 users


  1. Reader services
  2. Book loans
  3. Current awareness services, see latest acquisitions

Operational hours:

            Monday to Friday:                              8.30 am – 9.00 pm (Semester time)

                                                                        8.00 am – 5.00 pm (Holiday/Recess term)

            Saturday:                                             9.00 am – 4.00 pm

            Sunday and Public Holidays:             Closed

The Librarian in charge is Mr. Joseph Nsobya and assisted by two support staff

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3.     School of Psychology library

The Library is located in the School of Psychology, Block B, Room 7. 


The Collection mainly consists of literature on psychology related disciplines including Child psychology, Abnormal and Forensic psychology, Organizational, Industrial, Experimental, Community and Educational psychology and Counseling and therapy.

The Library also has a dissertation collection of approximately 1000 books.

Operational hours:

Monday to Friday:                              8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Weekend and Public Holidays:          Closed

The Librarian in charge is Ms Grace Akello

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4.     Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) Library


Eligible Users

  • Makerere University students and staff
  • External users (Non Makerere staff or students.  This category includes, but is not limited to students and staff of other institutions, Researchers and visiting Scholars)

External user fees



Non Ugandans

1 Month


US$ 50

3 Months


US$ 100

6 Months


US$ 150

12 Months


US$ 300

User Identification

  • Readers must present any of the following;
    1. University identity cards, Admission letters or borrowing cards (for students)
    2. Makerere University Library permit card and institutional or other ID for external users.
    3. University staff identity card or identification letter with photograph

*Identification cards or Admission and introductory letters are retained until the borrowed material is returned, except with online borrowing. 


Fines are imposed when;

  1. A user delays with a book.  Each overdue day attracts Ug. Shs. 1000.
  2. A user receives or makes calls in the Library.  The fine is Ug. Shs 5000

Book loss

In the event that a book is lost, a user is required to pay for a replacement copy and an administrative charge of Ug. shs. 10,000. 

Please see more details on Library rules and regulations

Electronic Resources

Online Catalog:            

Full text Journal databases

Free to access resources of particular relevance to CHUSS

Annual Reviews:                                   

Including one of Social Sciences

Edinburg University press:                   

Ingenta press:                                        

HINARI (Biomedical and Social Sciences):


Oxford University press:                      

Symposium Journals:                            

University of Chicago press:                 

Free access resources page

Document delivery

Articles are available either through full-text or brief bibliographic citations, depending on the contractual agreements of database providers.  However, the Main Library makes provisions for instances where pertinent full text may not be readily available, through the Electronic Document delivery service (DDS).  Users can download a form, fill in relevant details, and forward this information to any of the contacts provided on the form. 

Main Library

Latest Acquisitions click here