The IRDP library was established in 1980. It has typical academic library services. The primary function of an academic library is to support teaching and research activities by making information available to facilitate the Institute’s mission.
Currently the library has one sister library located at Furaha campus within the centre of Dodoma municipal nearby Dodoma high court.
The vision of the library is to become the center of excellence in information provision for both academic and practical work in development planning, and the mission is to facilitate the process of training, research and consultancy services by providing scholarly information resources to its users with emphasis on rural development planning and management.
Since its establishment, the IRDP has expanded in both academic programs and students’ enrolment. In view of these changes, the library also has expanded its services and reading materials both printed and electronic materials.
For example from 1980- 2000 the library collection was 7327 and in 2001- 2010 the collection increased to 12600, currently it stands at 14,560 volumes of books, 422 printed journals and 63 CD ROMs.
The library also subscribes to full text electronic journals covering some 45 databases through (PERI/INASP) http://www.inasp.info
Books and other library materials are catalogued using the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR 2) and Classification is based on the Dewey decimal classification 22nd edition. All library materials are automated in Adlib Database.
The Organization Structure of the library is divided into four main Sections namely ICT, Technical, Special Collection and Readers Services. These are subdivided into sub section Acquisition, Cataloguing and Classification, East Africana, Archive, Reference and Circulation.
The library offers different services such as reference services, Current Awareness services (CAS) and Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI), Information Literacy Training, Newspapers cuttings, charging and discharging and user training. Library users have access to internet services through the library computer lab.
Open Days and hours
The library is open to readers on Monday to Saturday. The library opens from 9.00 am to 10.00 pm on Monday to Friday. On Saturday it opens from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm is not open on Public holidays.
Free electronic resources
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The Institute has 3 Computer laboratories that have been networked having a total of 150 networked computers used for teaching and self-study to students including surfing the internet.
ICT Unit has five servers running different information systems to ensure the day to day activities of the institute. ICT Unit has over 10 projectors and 12 networked printers that are used by more than 150 staff and over 3500 students.
The Institute is planning to introduce a new computer lab at new academic block 2 that is the highest building in Dodoma currently that will accommodate 150 PCs. This will increase students’ access to the computer facilities.
In the next financial year 2012/2013 the Institute has planned to have a fiber optic network connection from the National Fiber Optic Cable that will ensure speed and reliable internet connection to staff and students at large.