To become a globally acknowledged gateway to scholarly information, renown for breaking knowledge boundaries.


To provide a dynamic learning environment and quality, user-centered information services that enhance teaching, research and scholarship while inculcating life-long learning skills and fostering human development.



The library is named after Rudolf ‘Skip’ Allendorf who died on 30th December 1982 while serving Christ at the Nairobi International School of Theology; he is an individual who had contributed a great deal to the establishment and development of the school of theology and later International Leadership University. Our print resources are placed in open stacks for the convenience of users. The library maintains open access shelves to give enough choices to users so that they can select desired information materials. They can go directly to stacks and look for what they require if the search results show that it is available. Access to electronic resources is also available.



The Allendorf Memorial Library (International Leadership University Library) serves the whole of International Leadership University community. For the students, Membership of the library begins with registration for the first academic year and is automatically cancelled directly after completion of the final examination in the year of graduation.

People who aren’t part of International Leadership University community (faculty, students and staff) who wish to become users may apply for a library pass at a cost of Kshs 3,000 per year for reading space only. If anyone wishes to use internet facility, then an extra Kshs 1,500 is payable above the 3,000 payable for reading space. Alumni students are welcome to use the library facilities at a cost of 2,500 per year. In case there’s need to use internet facility, an additional cost of 1,500 is payable.

External users and Alumni are expected to carry their pass and produce them to the security officers in order to be granted access. They may use the holdings but are NOT allowed to borrow from the library.                                          Members of the parent organization: Campus crusade for Christ, its subsidiary Life ministry Kenya automatically become members upon presentation of authorization from the employer.

N/B: External Membership will be limited to the duration of the individual’s active role in his or her contractual or formal relationship with the University.


The following people are allowed to use the library:


  • All registered students of the University
  • Faculty and other staff in the University
  • Spouses and children of staff.
  • Permanent members of staff campus crusade for Christ, Life ministry Kenya and International Leadership consortium

Known members of the community and those with a genuine need have limited access to the library e.g. Alumni and External user



Monday – Friday     :                 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM

Saturday                    :                  8:00 Am to 6:00 PM

Midterm                    :                  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


The library is closed on Sundays and all public holidays



Reference and information services:

The library staffs are always available and ready to assist all library users in any kind of reference and information inquiry. Library users are trained by staff regarding collection arrangement and research topic searching using the online catalog. They are also guided on how to utilize the various types of reference services to their benefit.

Borrowing and Lending:

All registered members of the library who include students, faculty and staff may borrow circulating materials from the library. Other people with authority from the University Librarian may use the library but do not have borrowing privileges. KOHA Library Management software manages the circulation of library materials and allows for titles in demand to be reserved for a user once they become available.

Current awareness and Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) services

Current awareness service is provided through the display of new titles received and through e-mail updates. Selective dissemination of information service is also offered to target groups through e-mail and verbally.

Computer-Based Services:

The resources are managed for access and circulation through the automated program KOHA. Computers are provided for clients and for staff. E-mail and internet services are available including electronic data transfers. A computer lab is available for access to electronic databases and academic journals.

Information Literacy Skills

The library staff teaches information literacy skills to students. Through this service, the users are exposed to various sources of information and instructed on how to properly utilize them for research purposes.


Electronic Books and Journals

International Leadership University Library subscribes to over 10,000 peer reviewed full text electronic journals to support teaching, learning and research activities of the University. These journals are available to students, staff and researchers of the University through the campus-wide network. Articles that are not available in full text from the listed databases can be ordered through the British Library Document Delivery Services upon request to the library.

Online journals and E-books can be accessed from the following links

Our Main Community Database is Ebscohost and you can access the books online using the link below

for searches such as: a particular journal title, publisher or database

Ebscohost Books Database



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