The Library Binding Services Unit is responsible for rehabilitating damaged library books and provides a wide range of other reprographic services such as binding of research projects and theses. The main styles of work are case, spiral and manila binding. Efforts are underway to equip the unit fully, and to extend the service to the general public.
Binding services are available between 09.00hrs and 17.00hrs during working weekdays.
The Public Services Department controls all Library user activities and promotes optimum utilization of all Library information resources. The Library facilitates library membership registration and provides library orientation to all members to acquaint them with various Library Sections and services.
Reference service is one of the activities undertaken by the Department in conjunction with the Electronic Resources and Media Services Department. Further, the Department acts as a liaison between the Copperbelt University and other libraries for the purpose of resource sharing through Inter Library Lending (ILL).
The Special Collections Department (SCD) is the major research wing of the Copperbelt University (CBU) Library. The department is one of the four (4) integrated functional departments that effectively contribute towards supporting the University's overall mission by meeting the institutional learning, teaching and research needs. The other departments are, Technical Services (TSD), Public Services (PSD), and the Electronic Resources (ERD). The Department has a collection of about 15 000 volumes.
Nature of Collections
Copperbelt University Collection
This is a collection of books and monographs written by CBU staff past and present, and publications in general produced by the Copperbelt University community; such as, periodicals, staff offprint's, seminar papers, unpublished papers, conference papers and students' publications. From the Central administration and schools, we shall have calendars, handbooks, research reports and other documents of historical value (excluding University Archives, see 3.2.6 below).
Government Documents Collection
This collection comprises official publications by the Government of the Republic of Zambia, starting from the Central Government to the smallest department or unit.
Theses and Dissertations Collection
Apparently, this collection is part of the university collection except that, in addition, the collection contains theses that are not produced and written by the University and its staff.
The collection essentially is divided into 2 parts, namely; undergraduate student's theses (final year under-graduate project reports) and postgraduate theses comprising Master's theses and Doctoral dissertations by postgraduate students of CBU and by CBU Staff (past and present), and those awarded to Zambians or non-Zambians whose topics discuss Zambia and are of interest to CBU.
Newspapers are an important source of current and retrospective information on national or international issues, government policy, social, political and economic conditions of the day. The Department will endeavour to collect the major national dailies and weeklies.
International Publications Collection
These are publications from various international organizations in the form of monographs, annual reports, surveys, research reports, review, conferences, forecasts, etc.
Usage and Accesibility
The Special Collections Department is a closed access area specifically created for research purposes. Access by Library users to the area and usage of materials therein is restricted to registered members of the University and the Library.
Library users identify and locate materials in the Department through the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC).
In-house Use of Materials
Undergraduate students and those with no borrowing rights are allowed to consult the materials within the Special Collections.
Academic and Senior Staff members and Postgraduate Students are allowed to borrow 3 documents for 3 days in specified collections.
Services Rendered by SCD Staff
The OPAC is used to identify and locate information resources available in the Special Collections is achieved.
Location of Documents in the Collections
Staff members would be able to locate and retrieve documents for users.
Issuing and Return of Documents
Staff would facilitate the issuing of documents for use within and outside the Library.
The Library's Electronic Resources Department is a unique and robust resource conduit (bank) that supports academic research, learning and teaching functions of the University. The Department provides access to a large information resource base and knowledge significantly in electronic format. The Department facilitates access to electronic resources through acquisition; subscription; and institutional partnership and collaboration. Electronic journals and databases are accessed through access authentication services provided by the Directorate of information and Communications Technology (DICT). Therefore, e-resources can be accessed on any computing device connected to Internet services through the University Internet connectivity. Another valuable resource is the CBU Institutional Repository.
Providing access to electronic resources
Conducting information literacy training on how to use Internet-based resources
Developing and providing access to the CBU Institutional Repository
Promoting collaboration with other institutions on information resource sharing
Ensuring that the Library ICT Services are managed efficiently
The Library Technical Services department is charged with the responsibility to identify, select, acquire, and process appropriate reading materials and develop collections that support approved academic programmes for the Copperbelt University. In addition, the department provides professional guidance on the management of various collections housed by the Library Catalogue. In order to perform these functions, the department consists of the following sections: the Collection Development (Acquisitions), Cataloguing & Classification, and Serials Control Unit.
Technical Services Sections
Cataloguing & Classification
Cataloguing and Classification/ Collection Development Section
The main function of the unit is to acquire and create bibliographic records for information resources, and essentially provides link and user access to the Library online public access catalogue (OPAC). The online public access catalogue can be searched on campus and beyond through the link provided on the Library page of the Copperbelt University website.
Serials Control Section
The CBU Library Serials section is responsible for managing print journals that the Library subscribes to. All materials in the Serials Section are for reference only, however, library users may, on request, be permitted to use them outside the Library as prescribed in the Rules and Regulations.
Ordering, receiving, and cataloguing of information resources