The principal function of libraries in any educational facility is to support teaching and research. This is no exception at Chancellor College. The college library is located directly in front of the main quadrangle.
The library is an integral part of the college’s mission which revolves around teaching, research and consultancy.
The library provides information services to library users within and outside the university community. These services include:
Other services provided by the library include research, publication and consultancy, information literacy and computer training for library users and conference facilities.
The first floor of the library houses several sections:
The second floor of the library is the general and open shelf. Here 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 300,000 titles and a number of electronic journal databases mostly under the PERI/INASP program. All these can be accessed with the bank of computers available to students.
The second floor of the main library is also home to the Chinese Corner—which is run and maintained by the Chinese Embassy in Malawi in order to encourage cultural exchange, learning of mandarin for Malawians and increase dialogue between China and Malawi at the academy.
The library has a large sitting capacity. Students organize themselves depending on their study needs. Post-graduate students may access cubicles for isolated research and undisturbed study. Cubicles can be booked and paid for at the main issue counter.
The ground floor of this imposing building houses computer laboratories, e-learning classrooms, the college bindery, and a student bookshop.