Thesis and Dissertations:

This collection consists mainly of Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Theses and Dissertations.

Thesis and Dissertations housed in Africana


University Collection:

In general the University Collection is limited to archival material and to works, which are preponderantly of Makerere University interest.


This collection comprises of copies of the first newspaper in Uganda to date.

A digital version of the Uganda Argus; issue of Saturday September 30th 1972.

Manuscripts and Archives:

This is a collection of materials, mostly of non-government nature consisting of minutes of the Uganda Chamber of Commerce from its beginning in 1905 to 1951, Sir Apolo Kagwa’s papers, Apolo Kivebulaya’s diaries, Ham Mukasa and Esera Kabali’s papers. There are also Church Missionary Society files within these holdings.

Archive collection since 1905

Sir Apolo Kivebulaya’s diary of 1933


The library has a collection of about 2,900 35mm roll film of periodical and newspaper back issues, manuscripts and theses. Music collection: The Library has a collection of works about music and music-related materials which include; personal and organisational papers; dissertations and theses, manuscripts, archival sound recordings of folklore, oral histories and performance history, as well as materials that support study, teaching and research in music. The library also collects music materials that form part of the documentary record of culture, as part of the Library’s national heritage responsibilities. The library has got a well equipped listening centre located on Ground Floor of the New Library Building.

The Music archives

Photographic Collection:

The library has a very rich collection of photographs and negatives that date back to the late 19th Century. Most of the photographs depict events of historical interest in Uganda.

Picture of the queen mother cutting the tape to open the Library in 1959

International Organisations:

Makerere University Library is a designated Depository for the United Nations and a number of other International Bodies.

UN –Official Document System (ODS)

ODS covers all types of official United Nations documentation, beginning in 1993. Older UN documents are, however, added to the system on a daily basis. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 on wards. The system does not contain press releases, UN sales publications, the United Nations Treaty Series or information brochures issued by the Department of Public Information.

For more information Contact:

Miss Rhoda Nalubega: Head Africana section