The Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar
Zanzibar Library Services Board

In Services

This involves all services that available and providing within the Zanzibar Library Services Board (ZLSB).

1. Reception

This section is an important section for our guests and local users that offers different services for helping library users. Among these services are the following: We receive library users who need the library services, we write down in notebooks all users who entered the library, we give them pieces of card all customers who come with bags for the safety of their bags, we files all used newspaper and set to store ,in order to help other whose needs the last month newspaper, we arrange our pieces of ID well cheapened our user's time to take that piece of ID, We keep our users handbags until the time of departure.

2. Issue Desk

In this desk we make circulation of loaning and returning books ,also we have other activities here like, provides strong support for library users and helping them to get their needs.


Issue desk is located in the left handside once you enter through our outside door. knowing which books our users most used to read and loan all the days
also we monitor all loaned books by a users in order to serve the government resourses.
we write statistics for loaned book for each day of week.
Provide instruction for library users
Also we provides a new member registration
Below are steps of registration for incoming new users:
we give him/her the instruction form
member should read and understand well that form
we give him application form after well understand the instruction
member should pay a little amount for member application form.
return a form after completed filling it
wait just a one or two day for processing and designing his/her member identification
after two days he/she come to take her/his card
start to enjoy our services

3. Suggest a purchase

To request from the Library the acquisition of a specific book for the first time you will request by mantion the name of author and title of the book through the following emails:-

4. Reference room

This room cover everything necessary to help the reader in his/her inquiries including the selection of an adequate and suitable collection of reference books. The possession of the right books and the knowledge of how to use them are assential to the success of reference room. There are two kinds of books.

Books of the second kind are called REFERENCE BOOKS. These are comprehensive in scope condensed in treatment and are arranged according to some special order to facilitate the ready and accurate finding of information. This Special order may be alphabetic, Chronological, Regional, Classified or Systematic. The books which are not arranged in Alphabetic in order are generally provides a fact or piece of of information. There are some books, which are so comprehensive accurate and so well provided with indexes through not references books yet they also serve as reference books. Examples of Reference Books are:

5. Processing Room

This is a part of the ZLSB unit which dealing with preparing and processing all library materials according to their similarities. The tasks that undertaking by processing room (unit) are:

6. Computer Room

This is a room that available within the Zanzibar Library Services Board (ZLSB) provides services such as Copying, printing,laminating,scanning,binding,designing library member card and internet cafe services available in computer Room. In the Zanzibar Public Library building


The Copy Center is located in the computer room through room number 6 ,the librarian will show you where its.

Opening hours

Monday to friday: 8:30 am to 15:30pm
sunday and sutarday: closed

Computer Cafe

the computer café services like internet services for searching student their materials. This service for users will be charges only 500/= per hour , but there is a bonus of registered member which is the first one hour free.we help different student to fill their college application as well as loans board application.also we provides computer application course for basic librarianship students.


also we provides many stationeries services like.
photocopy,printing colored and black and white copy,lamination,all kind of binding,A4 scanning documents.
our services has a little cost compare to other stationeries. The following are the arrangement of our services cost
photocopy 30/= per page only.
color printing 700/= only.
black&white printing 300/= only.
A4 lamination 700/= only.
A3 lamination including birth certificate1000/= only .
spiral binding 1000/=only .
sola tap binding 1000/=only.
A4 scanning 500/= per page only.
also in this room we design Id for new and old member library users

7. Children Corner

This is a special library corner for children where by library materials like books, dictionaries, toys are organizing in systematic order according to their characteristics to satisfy the users’ (children) needs and access information for children in early age. This area contains many children’s books, television, and children's playlists (toys). The various activities running by Children Corner are Reading stories/storytelling, Drawing and put colors, Word spelling, Quiz, Brain storming, Games, Cartoons, Singing learning song, Touching books etc.
The main aims of establishing children corner are as follow:

8. Pemba American Corner

American corner is the part of our Zanzibar library which contains free internet café services and all required library services.


American corner is located in ground floor at Pemba.

Opening hours

Monday to friday: 8:30 am to 15:30pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 14:00pm
Program conducted in America corner
a. Reading promotion
b. English club establishment in defferent schools.
c. speaking English language skills
i. writing poems &reading
ii. singing
iii. acting
a. debates