library profile

The Sokoine National Agricultural Library (SNAL) was established by an Act of Parliament No. 21 of 1991, which elevated the former university library to a national agricultural library. SNAL serves both as a university library for Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) as well as a national agricultural library for Tanzania. It is therefore open not only to members of the university community but also to other people engaged in research on various governmental and non-governmental projects in the country and scholars from all over the world.

The library is located at the SUA's main campus and is the single largest agricultural library in the country. It has a branch library at the SUA's Solomon Mahlangu Campus.

SNAL is a legal depository of materials published in Tanzania and collects materials published elsewhere about Tanzania. It is also a depository for publications from the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and of all unpublished theses and dissertations from SUA graduates and its staff. The library collection is diversified in scope and represents the various disciplines, which have developed over time at SUA.

SNAL consists of sections namely: Acquisition, Cataloguing & Classification; Readers Services; Periodicals; Special Collection; and ICT Section.


The library contains about 100,000 volumes of books and periodicals. It operates on open access basis except for special collections such as Tanzanian published materials, government publications, theses and dissertations and ICT Development.