Sunyani Technical University


Our Mission

The STU Library mission is to provide information services to support the conduct of research, teaching and the promotion of learning as the main goal of the University.

Our Vision

The vision of the University Library is to make sure adequate and relevant teaching, learning and research resources such as books, journals and electronic resources are provided to enable the University achieve its mission.


The Sunyani Technical University Library, one of Ghana’s most distinguished academic and research library is the central library of Sunyani Technical University. It is located on the main campus of the University. The library is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH).

The library's collections include more than 13 thousand books, periodicals, research articles, speeches, dissertations, CD's, tapes. The library also offers access to extensive electronic resources. The Library is the nerve center for academic work in the University. All academic related functions such as teaching, research and learning find their support-base in the library where all types of documents are organized for easy access to members of the University community.


Print Materials: The Library has a number of volumes covering all subjects, from archaeology to zoology.

Non-Print Materials: The non-print materials consist of tapes, CDs and Online Resources


  • Availability of relevant contemporary textbooks for research and academic purposes.
  • Availability of E-Resource Center – Computer lab – staff and students can have access to extensive electronics resources free of charge. The library is manned by professionals who have experience and extensive know-how on how to access information from the internet and how to conduct academic research professionally.
  • Availability of current periodicals (journals and magazines) of national and international repute e.g., TIME, National Geographic, Roads & Bridges, Good Housekeeping etc. Our periodicals cut across all disciplines in this institution.
  • Availability of old and current newspapers esp. Daily Graphic, The Mirror. We have newspapers that date back to the year 2000.
  • Availability of Reprographic services – Photocopying, scanning & Printing Services at moderate prices.
  • Institutional repository – where we keep dissertations, speeches and other relevant institutional documents for consultation.


  • Library Computer Labs: The Computer Laboratory is used mainly to access information on the internet. Academic databases are also accessed from here. Help is provided in the use of the databases subscribed to. The Laboratory also offers printing services at affordable prices
  • Electronic Support: The Electronic Support Department (ESD) offers technical support in the use of Information Technology (IT).
  • Technical Services Section: The Technical Services Section (TSS) of the Polytechnic Library provides bindery, printing and other reprographic services for the library and the Polytechnic community.
  • Collection Development / Acquisitions Section: The Collection Development department receives all library materials.
  • Cataloguing Section: Library materials are processed in this department and sent to the shelves.
  • Reference Section: The reference section houses the library’s special collections
  • Circulation Section: This department is where items are processed for lending services.

LOANING OF BOOKS (Regular Books)

  • Students are not allowed to borrow books/periodicals from the library.
  • Registered Institutions may borrow up to 5 books for 1 month, renewable once only if not requested by another reader. Books borrowed may be recalled after 7 days if circumstances of the library so demand
  • Senior Staffs may borrow up to 2 books for 3 weeks, these may be renewed once only, and such books are subject to recall after 7 days.
  • Senior Members may borrow up to 4 books, for 4 weeks, subject to recall after 2 weeks if circumstances of the library so demand
  • Exchange programme students staying less than one semester cannot borrow library materials by themselves. The international Students Directorate or the programme Director would have to borrow for them. The same applies to visiting scholars who are staying less than a semester in the University. The department in which the person is located has to borrow for the visitor.

Lending and returning of books cease 30 minutes before closing time


For Unlawful acquisition of library materials/stealing, the following sanctions shall be applied:

  1. Ordinary Books - The member shall lose borrowing rights for one semester.
  2. Reference Books - As in (i) above.
  3. Rare Books - The member shall lose the right to use the library for two semesters.
  4. Mutilation of books and related materials - A member who commits this offence shall lose borrowing rights for two semesters and shall also replace the item(s).
  5. Failure to return books and other materials on demand (i.e. when a book is recalled) - As in (i) above. In the case of a Senior Member who commits any of the above offences, a report shall be made to the Rector and the Registrar for appropriate sanctions to be instituted against him/her.
  6. For non-university staff, use of the library will be denied plus other appropriate sanctions. With regard to the General Rules of the Library, flouting of any of them could result in the Library imposing appropriate sanctions on the offender(s), including the suspension of the use of the Library.


Safety/Security matters:

  • Readers must comply with all emergency procedures including evacuation of the building in the event of a fire outbreak.
  • Readers must show student IDs to any member of staff of the library on request
  • Firearms and other offensive weapons are not allowed into the library.
  • Readers must comply with all requests for inspection

Personal belongings:

  • Any bag (including, but not limited to polythene bags, book files) larger than the sample displayed in the library shall not be allowed into the library.
  • Laptops must be placed in the appropriate bags. Readers may be prevented from bringing in their laptops in any other bag.
  • Wet gowns, raincoats umbrellas, etc. shall not be allowed into the book stacks. They may be deposited at the entrance. Items so deposited are done at the owners ‘own risk.
Computers and other technical equipment:
  • Radios of any size shall not be allowed into the Library.
  • Headphones can only be used if the sound issuing from them is not audible in the reading area.
  • If the use of any equipment disturbs other readers, the user will be asked to stop using the equipment.
  • Pictures/photographs shall not be taken in any part of the Library.
  • Readers must not use their personal scanners or copying devices unless permission is sought
  • Readers must not use their own disks, CDs, or software on the Library’s' computers without seeking permission from the senior member on duty.
Copyright matters
  • Thesis cannot be photocopied without written permission from the author addressed to the librarian.
  • Readers cannot photocopy a whole book, though parts can be done.


  • Mobile Phone usage is PROHIBITED in the library
  • No discussions – you cannot study in groups in the library. The library only offers personal reading services to clients
  • No movement of furniture in the Hall
  • No Food items (toffees, water etc.)
  • No shelving of books by students. – users are not supposed to shelf books


  • Full Session
  • Monday –Friday (8:30a.m- 9p.m);

    Saturday (9a.m – 2p.m)

  • The library operates on Sundays during examination periods – 2:00pm – 9:00pm

  • Special Sessions - Monday –Friday (9a.m - 4p.m) – During Vacations