The Sergio Vieira de Mello United Nations
Library at Nairobi is a joint initiative of the United Nations agencies
based in Nairobi, led by the United Nations Environment Programme
The Sergio Vieira de Mello United Nations Library at Nairobi was
officially opened on 30 June 2004 by Mr Klaus Toepfer, United Nations
Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UNEP and Director
General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). He was accompanied
by Mrs Anna Tibaijuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and
Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, Mr. Paul Andre de la Porte, United
Nations Resident Coordinator in Kenya and, on behalf of the Government
of Brazil, Mrs Vera Pedrosa, Ambassador, Under-Secretary-General
for Policy,Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Library, which was previously
known as the UNEP Library and Documentation Centre, has been named
in recognition of Sergio Vieira de Mello and all the other staff
members who have lost their lives in the service of the United Nations.
In Dec 2004 the UN General Assembly adopted resolution A/Res/59/126
A-B para 104 which says "notes with appreciation the operation
of a common library in Nairobi within existing resources, in line
with the approach set out in paragraph 37 of the Secretary-General's
report on the modernization and integrated management of United
Nations Libraries and in-depth review of library activities, and
urges all United Nations offices in Nairobi to participate in and
support this venture."
"Information for development by bringing information closer
The Library’s purpose is to develop and maintain a collection
of scientific and technical information on the global state of the
environment, human settlements and UN-related issues which will
assist the staff of the United Nations and outside users in analyzing
trends, assessing problems and promoting activities leading to environmentally
sound development. In addition, it acts as a depository library
for the United Nations and some of its specialized agencies.
The Library is guided by the following objectives:
- Develop and implement UN documentation and information policy
- Be the lead UN Library in the field of environment and human
- Serve other staff members of various UN specialized agencies,
students, researchers, civil servants etc. who need specialized
information for decision making.
The collection is composed of UN,
reference materials, books/documents, Scientific Journals, Videos
as well as UN official documents.
The collection has approximately 60,000 classified titles and has
a collection of periodicals
in print format. Materials acquired by the Library from 1973-1986
are classified according to the Universal Decimal Classification.
More recent materials are available in the Library database called
UNALIS-Bibliographic Database and are clssified using an inhouse
classification scheme. The Library maintains a list of newly acquired
books and periodicals.
The Sergio Vieira De Mello Library is located at the United Nations
Complex in Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya in LB building.
The Library is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday
to Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on Fridays.
The Library is open to all members of Academic, Social communities
who may be interested in research of various topics and areas. The
books, periodicals and other reference materials can be read in
the Library by any of our clients. Read
more on Loan policy.
Rules and Regulations
- Smoking is not permitted in the Library.
- Consumption of food and drinks is not permitted in the Library.
- No bags, umbrellas, parcels, etc except files and books may
be brought into the Library. Adequate storage facilities have
been provided at the entrance to the Library.
- On leaving the Library, all users are required to produce for
inspection all books and items taken out of the Library.
- Silence must be observed strictly in the Library.
- Reservation of seats is not permitted. Books and other articles
left for any length of time on chairs and tables may be removed
by the library staff.
- Users must be decently dressed and conduct themselves properly
in the Library.
- The Library staff on duty has the right to request a user to
leave the premises if he is found to be violating any of the Library
- Official time for determining fines on overdue books and for
other purposes will be read according to the time determined in
the computer system at the Circulation Counter. Should the system
be down, the correct time will be determined by the library staff
at the counter services.
- The Chief Librarian is empowered to withold Library facilities
for any infringement of these rules.
- The Library will not accept responsibility for the loss or misplacement
of personal belongings.
- The Chief Librarian may amend the Library Rules and Regulations
as and when necessary.
General Loan Rules
- Only UN Staff members can borrow Library materials.
- No books or library materials may be brought out of the Library
until the loan has been recorded. Unauthorised removal of library
materials is regarded as a very serious offence.
- Library materials borrowed must be returned on or before the
- The normal loan period for books is two weeks. The Library,
however, may fix varying loan periods for different types of materials
or users as it deems fit.
- All borrowers must settle any overdue loans before they are
permitted to borrow again.
- Do not use the computers to do the following:
- Playing Games
- Playing music
- Do not install or uninstall any program or service in any computer.
This is only a preserve of the Librarian.
- If any device of the computer is not working, do not fix it
kindly report at the reference desk or to the IT person in charge.
- You are allowed to use the computer for a time allocated by
the librarian. If need be you can be asked to give others opportunity
to use the computers
- Do not send jobs for printing, it is not allowed within the
cyber. If necessary contact the Librarians.
Books must be returned by the due date or earlier if recalled by
the Librarian . Failure to return a book by the date specified will
be treated as a serious offence. The Library will endeavour to send
overdue notices but will not be held responsible for non-delivery,
under whatever circumstances.
A fine can be imposed on anyone returning an overdue book. The rate
will be determined by the Librarian. according to the
value of the [BORROWED] book.
Loss and Damage
Borrowers will be held responsible for materials out on loan. If
the material is lost, an immediate report should be made to the
Librarian to enable appropriate action to be taken. A borrower is
allowed to either replace the book lost or damaged by purchasing
it himself or requesting the Library to replace it. All books replaced
must be of the latest edition. If the book is one of a set or series
they may be called upon to replace the whole set or series.
The main purpose of these rules is to safeguard the common interest
of all users and to enable the Library to carry out its functions
as efficiently as possible. Failure to observe the rules can lead
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