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School of Library Archives and Documentation Studies


The School of Library Archives and Documentation Studies (SLADS) was founded in 1989 and is run by the Tanzania Library Services Board (TLSB). Before the establishment of the school, TLSB was running basic library training at certificate level since 1972 at its Headquarters in Dar es Salaam. This course was merged with SLADS in 1990. SLADS is currently based at Ukuni about four kilometers from Bagamoyo a historical coastal tow which is situated, about 72 kilometers North of Dar es Salaam. SLADS is registered with the National Accreditation Council for Technical Education (NACTE)

To be a competence-based training Institution for librarians, records managers, archives administrators and information specialists worldwide

To promote Library and Information Science Education through Training and Research.

Training for quality, competence and efficiency


  • To offer training courses in Librarianship, Records Management, Archives administration and Documentation studies at certificate and diploma Levels.
  • Provide for Continuing education for Librarians, records managers, archives administrators and Information specialists Globally
  • Promote and conduct research in librarianship, information management, records management and archive administration
  • Publish learning materials in librarianship, records management, and archives administration
  • Offer consultancy services in planning, establishment and development of library, archives, records and information centers