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The Library of the Centre for Foreign Relations came into existence, when the Centre for Foreign Relations was established in1978 by an agreement between the governments of the United Republic of Tanzania and the People’s Republic of Mozambique. The Centre is accorded a diplomatic status and enjoys all Diplomatic immunities and privileges. In its establishment, the University of Dar es Salaam provided technical assistance by seconding a full time professional librarian, with a small collection of books based on Management of Foreign Relations.

Initially the Library of the Centre for Foreign Relations catered for a small number of 23 diplomat trainees (16 Tanzanians and 7 Mozambicans) and staff. Most of these diplomat trainees were Foreign Service Officers and some officials from Statehouses of the two countries. The main academic programs offered was Advanced Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy. Subsequently, by the 1990s both staff and students increased in number with the additional of programs such as:-

  • Certificate in International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Commercial Diplomacy

Thus, the number of library clientele increased tremendously from mid 1990s where the number of users grew from 60 to 250 in 2007. This was a response to the expansion of Foreign Policy Constituency and the broadened interpretation of each country’s requirements arising out of global changes; and the Centre was able to admit students from other countries, ministries, organizations and private sector. Following the massive transformation the Centre is undergoing, it envisages offering degree awards so as to reflect the constitutional provision.

In the new organization structure, the library has five Units namely Reader Services, Technical Services, Cataloguing and Classification Services, Periodicals Services and ICT. These are subdivided into sections: processing, Ordering, Photocopying and Binding, Electronic Resources, Circulation, Reference, Special Reserve, Subscription, and Indexing and Abstracting.


The library of the Centre for Foreign Relations is open not only to members of the Centre community, but also to staff of the Ministry of Foreign affairs and International Cooperation and other people engaged in research on various governmental and non- governmental programmes in the country and abroad. Despite the open doors, it is only registered members who enjoy full benefit of the library resources and services. All Centre’s students, lecturers and administrative staff are automatically members of the library for the entire period of stay at the Centre for Foreign Relations. Any other outsider should first seek approval from the relevant authorities of the Centre


To contribute to the Center’s aspirations of being the most dynamic learning environment for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies within the regional. For the purpose of achieving its future goal, the library of the Centre for Foreign Relations performs the following tasks:-

Ensures that its resources stay innovative, varied in breadth and type, open to access, and of high quality

Preserves different information resources, and maintains an excellent storage and retrieval system for the purpose of serving prospective library users.

Provision of current awareness of the available resources to potential users for their immediate accessibility.

Responds to the changing needs of library users so as to deepen the library best practice and to increase the ways in which clients can pursue inquiry.


To provide wide-ranging resources and services that supports learning, teaching, and research requirements of the Centre community.

The Library strives to fulfill its mission through the following strategic approaches:

Determining the learning, teaching, and research needs of its users.

Maintaining collection development and creating tools which facilitate learning, teaching, and research activities.

Ensuring proper preservation and long-lasting availability and accessibility of library resources.

Creating friendly and collaborative environment for learning, teaching and research.

Build up, promote, and maintain expertise, skills, dedication and an inventive character in library’s workforce.


General Objective

The general objective of the library is to develop and maintain information services associated with International Relations and Diplomacy and related disciplines.

Specific Objectives

The Library of the Centre for Foreign Relations is geared to perform the following specific objectives:-

To serve the Information needs of any individual or group in need of such information.

To establish, maintain, and promote cooperation with similar libraries and information centers at national and International levels

To provide literature services for Current awareness and delivery of documents


The library is located at the campus of the Centre for Foreign Relations in Kurasini ward of Temeke District, Dar es Salaam. It is situated along Kilwa Road about 7kms South West from the center of Dar es Salaam city.

Department and collection


The Book collection of the Centre for Foreign Relations Library is diversified in scope and represents the various disciplines which have been developed over time by the Centre for Foreign Relations. It is a modest and growing one. Textbooks, Periodicals, and Journals are carefully selected to keep up with the needs of the academic staff, student and others in Management of Foreign Relations for the purpose of study and research. Library Collections are arranged in the following order of sequence:


This is the largest portion that is for lending; thus items can be borrowed at any time

The time for which a book can be borrowed is 14 days (2 weeks). In this collection, the reader searches a book by himself.


  1. a) Books marked “RS”

It consists of all basic text books of the subject taught at the Centre for Foreign Relations. These books are housed behind the Counter (Issue Desk) in special cabinets. They need special care (Close access).

  1. b) Books Marked “Not for Borrowing”

These are very useful. They are few – one or two copies each. They are also kept in special cabinets behind the Issue Desk (Counter). They are not for borrowing, but only to be read in the library.

Reference Books

These include all Encyclopedias, Year Books, Dictionaries, Directories, Almanacs, Atlas and other relevant books. They are not for borrowing, but only to be read within the library.

Journals and Periodicals

Journals and Periodicals Contain current information.  Examples of these journals include: Foreign Affairs, International perspectives International Security, International Journal of Intelligence etc. The Library subscribes 20 titles of Journals for the moment. They are arranged alphabetically “A – Z”.  This Collection is also not for borrowing. They have to be read within the library.

UN Publications Collection

These are publications published by the United Nations. They provide information of all related agencies of the United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Labor Organization (ILO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) etc. They are arranged in Arabic Numbers (1- 42). They are also not for borrowing but to be read within the library

E resources

CFR E-Journals is the service which provides online resources for online peer-reviewed information, and full text Journals accessible in a broad range of disciplines. It provides list of links to online databases and log in facilities.

  1. Wiley Inter Science

Wiley Inter Science offers over 3 million articles from 1400+ journals, the combined output of all Wiley-Blackwell peer-reviewed primary research and survey journals, more than half of which are published in partnership with prestigious international scholarly and professional associations. Their portfolio covers the full spectrum of science, medicine, technology, business, social sciences, and the humanities, and includes many titles ranked at the forefront of their fields.

User Log in:


  1. Sage Online Publications:

The SAGE Subject Collections are discipline-specific packages of the most popular peer-reviewed journals in Communication & Media Studies, Criminology, Education, Management & Organization Studies, Materials Science & Engineering, Nursing & Public Health, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Urban Studies & Planning published by SAGE and participating societies.

These comprehensive discipline-specific packages include more than 395 journals, over 178,000 full-text articles, book reviews, editorials, and more with all the original graphics, tables, and page numbers. Access to content from January 1999 to the present is included in a Collections subscription. The Collections provide researchers and students with a research environment that is easy to use and complete with the most up-to-date content.

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3 .  University of Chicago Press Journal

The University of Chicago Press publishes nearly fifty scholarly journals, many on behalf of some of the world’s most prestigious societies, and several that were the first scholarly publications in their respective fields. The journals present original research from international scholars in the social sciences, humanities, education, biological and medical sciences, and physical sciences.

The Library Quarterly (LQX)



Journal of Political Economy (JPE)



Journal of Legal Studies (JLS)


Journal of Law and Economics (JLE)


Economic Development and Cultural Change (EDCC)


The Elementary School Journal (ESJ)


American Journal of Sociology (AJS)


American Naturalist (AN)


Critical Inquiry (CI)


Main Subjects provided by the given Online Databases are:

  1. Business, Economics, Finance, and Accounting
  2. Earth and Environmental Science
  3. Education
  4. Humanities and Social sciences
  5. Information Science and Computing
  6. Law and Criminology
  7. Life Sciences
  8. Mathematics and Statistics
  9. Psychology.

Subject categories in Social Sciences include:

  1. Ancient History and Classical Studies
  2. Anthropology and Archaeology
  3. Arts and Applied Arts
  4. Communication and Cultural Studies
  5. Development Studies
  6. Family and Childhood Studies
  7. Geography
  8. History
  9. Language and Linguistics
  10. Literature
  11. Philosophy
  12. Politics

Religion and Theology

Social Policy and Welfare

Library staff

The library of the Centre for Foreign Relations is under Academic Department. It is manned by Professional Library staff in the field. There is a Library Committee composed of all heads of departments under chairperson of the Deputy Principal Academic, Research, and Consultancy. The Role of the Library Committee is to give advice and set library regulations as well as library budgeting preparations

Library services

Services offered by the Library of the Centre for Foreign Relations include the following:

Lending Service

The service of lending books is offered to all registered library members such as students, lecturers and administrative staff of the Centre. The loan period is 14 days.

Book Reservation Service

Reservation of books which are housed in special cabinets’ alias ‘Special Reserve’ is provided for prescribed and recommended documents. These documents are intended to be read within the library by customers through limited borrowing period of two hours renewable for every loan.

Reference Service

Library users are advised to consult librarians for assistance and advice on retrieval of relevant information resources held by the library.

User Education

User education is provided to library users who come for information search and need assistance. These users are educated on how to get and utilize library resources


Library members of Staff give consultancy service in the areas of library, information, and Documentation.


Centre for foreign relation journal

Library guide


  1. Silence must be observed: hissing, laughing, singing, crying, calling and receiving calls, shouting, discussion and debate are prohibited.

  2. Eating and chewing in the library is not allowed. Example baked corn (maize), ground nuts, and chewing gums

  3. Drinking of water (juice, Coca-Cola, Fanta, Beer) are not allowed in the library

  4. Smoking in the library is not allowed (It is a cardinal sin)

  5. Bags, Briefcases, dispatch cases are not permitted in the library

  6. Always dress in the manner which you will not cause offence to others or damage the library. Clothes like Overcoats, jackets, purdah, garbs, veils, skin tights, car wash and transparent garments are not allowed.

  7. If library user lose a library document, you will have to pay 2.5 times of the original price of the document.

  8. A fine of Tanzanian shilling 1000 is charged against any delayed book borrowed by a user

  9. Don’t enter in offices without permission.

  10. Ensure proper use of the computer resources available.

  11. Don’t install or uninstall pre-installed programs such as new online updates

  12. Phonographic access over the internet is strictly prohibited

  13. Report any malfunction of a computer to the library staff on duty

  14. Don’t use computers and other facilities meant for library official use without permission

  15. Accept scrutiny in the spirit in which the library intends.

  16. Theft of Library material is a serious offence liable to discontinuation from studies, or dismissal from the college, and shall be arraigned before the Court of Law. The Librarian reserves the right, subject to the approval of the Library Committee, to exclude from all use of the Library any person owing to persistent disregard of the Library Regulations, abusive language, or for any other adequate cause which shall be considered to be undesirable in his/her opinion. Suspension of student in this matter shall be effective until such a time the cases shall have been considered by the Centre’s Disciplinary committee.

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