The Library of the State University of Zanzibar was first established in 1979 as the library of the Institute of Kiswahili and Foreign Languages (IKFL). Following the establishment of the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) under the Act No. 8 of 1999 of the Zanzibar House of Representatives and officially commenced to operate in 2002, the former IKFL library was phased out and became the State University of Zanzibar Library (SUZA Library).
Since then the SUZA library has been expanded and reorganized to fit in with the demand of the various academic programmes offered and undertaken by the University at all levels and increase in students population.
Currently, the Library is widened and spread its branches in Schools and Institute campuses as follows: the main library (Tunguu main campus), School of Kiswahili and Foreign Languages – SKFL (Nkrumah campus), School of Health and Medical Sciences (Mbweni campus), School of Business (Chwaka campus), Institute of Tourism (Maruhubi campus) and in Pemba Island there is Benjamin William Mkapa library which is located at Mchangamdogo in Wete District. The new main Library, which is the largest academic Library in Zanzibar, has a capacity to accommodate over 23,000 volumes of printed books and serves more than 4,700 SUZA Community members.
The SUZA Library plays a key role in providing comprehensive resources and services in support of the teaching, research, consultancy and learning needs of University community.
The Library collections covers major disciplines of natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, computer sciences, education, health and medicine, business, accountancy, procurement, tourism and economic. The collection amounts about more than 30,000 books in both the main library and other branches. The amount is constantly increasingly to cope with the information demands of the University community. The Library also has a collection of about more than 150 printed journal titles covering different subjects. Also the Library subscribes to full-text journals available online and Open access databases. Users may access subscribed databases from any computer terminals with internet connectivity within SUZA campuses.