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The British Council's lending library for adults in Dar es Salaam is geared to the needs of Tanzania's professional, business and academic communities. Please continue reading and discover the range of information services we offer.

Services Provided:
Book and video lending service; information about the UK; proactive information service; library outreach work; Internet services, BBC World television.

Value added services:
Free Internet access to members, training on the use of the internet to members, increased video loans, in-house video viewing facilities, video and book resource boxes to institutional members.

A library user using management training videos
on the new video viewing facilities

Membership of the library is open to individuals working in government, parastatals, the private sector, professional bodies, NGOs, academic institutions, consultancy and diplomatic missions. Individuals and institutions in regions outside Dar es Salaam are encouraged to take up membership. Special loan terms are available for up-country members. Institutional membership is available to education and training institutions.

A lending stock of 8,000 books, a reference collection of 600 current resources, a video loan collection of 1200 cassettes, 40 CD-ROMs primarily encyclopedias, atlases and dictionaries, 40 periodical titles.

Our priority subjects areas are:

  • English language teaching
  • Governance (including law and gender studies)
  • Management skills development
  • IT skills development
  • Contemporary British fiction

Other activities

  • book and poster exhibitions are mounted to support special events held both at the British Council and at external venues
  • visits to key institutions are arranged on a regular basis to provide information about our services
  • library tours are arranged for institutions and groups
  • the British Council is represented at the annual Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair in the British pavilion.
  • regular internet induction programmes are arranged for new users on Fridays from 1600 to 1700 hours.
Opening hours: (GMT+3)
Tuesdays to Fridays
  • 0700 to 1500
  • 0430 to 0930
Mondays, Sundays and public holidays
  • Closed
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