Virtual Library

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Introduction
The Library and Documentation Service is an information resource facility that provides information services to support the work and life of AACC and the Christian Church in Africa.

Vision
Our vision is to become the leading center of excellence for ecumenical research in Africa.

Mission
The mission of the Library and Documentation desk is to provide access to print and non-print sources of information to serve the informational, spiritual, educational and research needs of the Christian Church in Africa.

Objectives

  • To provide information and research materials on the Christian Church in Africa to AACC staff, clergy, lay persons, researchers, students and the public.
  • To identify, acquire, and disseminate information and documentation on ecumenical life and initiatives in Africa
  • To collect relevant materials produced by Member Churches, National Christian Councils and related organizations in Africa.
  • To network for information sharing with AACC member churches, Theological Collegesand related organizations.
  • To empower Member Churches and Christian Councils to preserve, organize and manage their respective information through capacity building.

Information Resource
The Library collects information in the following core subject areas:

  • African Church history
  • African Traditional Religion
  • African and Contextual Theology
  • Christian/Muslims Relations and Interfaith Dialogue
  • Christian Ethics
  • Ecumenism
  • Human Rights, Peace and Reconciliation
  • Liturgy and worship
  • Religious and Theological Education
  • Social theology (including church and state)
  • Other pertinent issues facing and affecting the church such as HIV/Aids, Land, NEPAD, globalization etc.

Languages: In reaching out to all our constituencies, we collect documents written in all three official languages of AACC - English, French and Portuguese – wherever possible. Format: Information is acquired in all formats: Print, Audio, Visual and Digital. Arrangement of Information
The physical arrangement of books on the shelves is by subject according to Dewey Decimal Classification system. Within this system, class 280 has been expanded locally and adopted to cater to the subject of Ecumenical Movement.

Retrieval of Information
Via Computer
Our computer-based catalogue (which uses MICRO-CDS software) offers efficient and fast information access for all literature housed at the Centre. Document search on the basis of author, title, subject or geographical coverage can be made and results of the search printed out. 
Manual
Readers may access our books either by consulting a print version of the computer-based catalogue or browse through the shelves where books are arranged according to subject.

Readers
On-site
Whether carrying out research or reading for leisure/general knowledge, the Library can be of service to you. Everyone is invited to use this unique information resource facility. Our readership comprise AACC staff, individuals from Member Churches and organisations, Ecumenical Partners, NGO’s, religious leaders, the laity, researchers, students and lecturers, Members of the public also take advantage of the Library resources and facilities. Off-site
The Library provides digital information service to our off-site readers. You can become an off-site reader simply by filling in a Library User Form sent via email. Off-site readers receive updates for new publications updates, bibliographic searches, etc in digital format. Services and Facilities
We offer a variety of services that include:

  • Consultation of books, journals, and audio-visual materials
  • Book lending and reference
  • Database search and Bibliographies
  • Photocopying and Reading facilities
  • Online Resources such as Internet, online reference Bible etc.

Membership and Borrowing
We encourage you to become a member of our Centre. At only Ksh500 (or US$7) token fee per annum you join an increasing number of people who benefit from the information and resources our center has to offer. And besides, you will also enjoy a serene reading atmosphere with not only modern reading facilities but also a variety of current journals and periodicals.

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Hours of Service
Monday 9.30a.m. – 12.30p.m.
2p.m. – 5.00p.mTuesday to Friday 8.30a.m. – 12.30p.m
2.00p.m. – 5.00p.m.

Closed on weekends and on Public Holidays

We look forward to your visit.

For further information, please contact:
The Librarian
All Africa Conference of Churches
P.O. Box 14205, 00800
Nairobi-Kenya
Tel: 254-02-4441483, 4441338/9
Fax: 254-2-4443241
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Telephone: (254 -20) 4441483, 4441338/9 Fax: (254-20) 4443241/4445835

General Secretariat : P.O. Box 14205 - 00800 Westalnds,Nairobi,Kenya.