MUST Library also known as The Bingu Library and Information Resource Centre was established in 2012 along with the establishment of the University and serves as the primary source of information to the University.
The library has a print book collection of 10, 494 titles, comprising of 68 361 volumes. The library also provides access to electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and e-databases. The creation and development of both the print collection and electronic collection is on 50:50 bases. The print collection is complemented by the negotiated unlimited access to procured electronic books, which reduces pressure on print resources.
The library is 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 60 international databases of full text electronic information resources.
The library also provides access to 417 titles of eBooks, 85% of which are on unlimited access license agreement. They are accessed on the EbscoHost platform. The e-Books are in areas of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Metallurgical Engineering.
The electronic resources together with Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) collectively make MUST Electronic Library (eLibrary).
Library Management System
The library is automated and uses SirsiDynix 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 and also provides a user interface of an electronic library.
The library is housed in one of the most spacious, modern and beautiful buildings at MUST and comprises of three floors with print book collections, reading spaces and reading rooms. The upper floor also houses three computer laboratories, one for undergraduates, the second for postgraduate students and the third for Geographical Information Systems (GIS).