FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


The AUC Library physical location:

African Union Headquarters, Roosevelt Street, New Conference Center, 3rd Floor. AU Staff members and AU Member States Embassies staff need only their badges to access the library during AU working hours. The Library is composed of a lobby, two reading rooms equipped with computers and a periodical room.

Researchers and university students need to bring supporting official letter (letter headed paper) from their respective institution together with photocopy of their valid (renewed and legible) picture ID, after which, a library card will be issued to them.

Virtually the Library is accessible at http://library.africa-union.org, through which users can follow new developments in the library: newly purchased books, recent arrivals in periodicals, activities of the library, etc. as well as browse the library’s collection.

Full contact address of the Library:

African Union Library
AUCC, 3rd Floor
Knowledge Management Division
SPPMERM Directorate
African Union headquarters
Roosevelt Street
P.O.Box 3243
Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Website: http://library.africa-union.org
Email: library@africa-union.org


For General Library Matters

Mr. Garoma Daba, Librarian
Email: library@africa-union.org
Tel: +251-115182326 ext 2326

For Queries Regarding Journals and other Periodicals

Email: librarys@africa-union.org

For Reference Queries

Email: libraryc@africa-union.org

The AUC Library users are:
  • Staff of the AUC and AU Member States Embassies in Addis Ababa
  • Family members of Staff of the AUC and AU Member States Embassies in Addis Ababa
  • AU Partners, Researchers from within and outside Africa working on African issues

The AUC Library is open from Monday to Friday during AU working hours:

  • Morning: from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

  • Afternoon: from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Library is closed during weekends and holidays observed by the African Union.

AU Official Holidays - 2019
January 1 - International New Year
January 7 - Ethiopian Christmas
January 19 - Ethiopian Epiphany (Timket)*
March 2 - Victory of Adwa*
April 19 - International Good Friday
April 26 - Ethiopian Good Friday
May 1 - International Labour Day
May 5 - Ethiopian Patriots Day*
May 25 - Africa Day*
May 28 - Overthrow of Dergue Regime
June 5 - Eid Al Fitr Ramadan*
August 12 - Eid Al Adha*
September 9 - AU Day
September 12 - Ethiopian New Year
September 28 - Ethiopian Meskel (Finding of the True Cross)
November 10 - Mawlid (Birth of the Prophet Mohamed) *
December 25 - International Christmas

Currently only staff members of the AUC and AU Member States Embassies in Addis Ababa can borrow materials from the library.

  • For AUC Staff, there is a one-time registration (see attached form) that needs to be filled and submitted with a copy of valid AU ID

  • For Staff of AU Member States Embassies in Addis Ababa, there is also a one-time registration (see attached form) that needs to be filled and a guarantee letter (see attached sample) that should be submitted together with a valid picture ID. The letter should be submitted in a letter headed paper of the respective embassy and bear their official seal.

  • Other users can use the AUC Library materials in-house.


Registered Users may borrow up to 4 books/periodicals at a time for a period of 15 days. If they need additional time, they can renew by calling, emailing or visiting the library.
The library has materials that cannot be borrowed at all (reference materials) and others may have shorter loan period like periodicals (magazines). Kindly inquire at one of the reference desks with Library Staff.

If a book you want to read is out on loan, you can reserve it by either visiting the library, or placing a call or sending an email with details of book to hold.

To find books/journals/ journal articles, etc held in the AUC library collection, you can search our online catalogue through our website @ http://library.africa-union.org

The AUC Library subscribes to several electronic resources (journals and databases), which are available for AUC users only within AU premises. Users are able to access these e-resources either by using any desktop computer within the Library or AU compound or contact the library.
For a list of available resources - currently subscribed journal titles go to http://library.africa-union.org/glossary and for electronic libraries and/or databases visit the section of e-Library/databases.

For ease of navigation and quick access, a sitemap of the library website is available at http://library.africa-union.org/sitemap.

Yes, the AUC Library is equipped with more than 40 computers available for research work.
Wi-Fi is also available throughout the library for those coming with their own laptops.

The Library has a section for children books and space where they can read by respecting library rules and regulations.
However, unaccompanied children below the age of 7 are not allowed into the Library.

No, users are not allowed to consume Food and Drinks in the Library.

Users can take their handbag, laptops and reading materials into the library. But, they have to leave their backpacks in the lockers provided by the entrance of the respective Reading Rooms.

Yes, Users, especially AU staff members and AU Member States Embassies staff members are encouraged to recommend books for purchase in line with the AU scope of work.

Yes, the AUC library online catalogue is accessible from anywhere where you have internet access http://library.africa-union.org