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The first library was established in 1960 when the then Nautical College was relocated from the Flag Staff House to Nungua beach near the Mukwe lagoon. It was housed in the Administration building close to the sea. That very spot is where the Anchorage building now sits(refer the map below). In 1971 the library was relocated due to the sea erosion.

In 1983 the library’s name was changed to Regional Maritime Academy Library following the regionalization of the college. Again, in 2007, the Academy library metamorphosed into Regional Maritime University Library after the Academy became a fully fledged university by receiving a presidential charter in that year.

The collection of the library is built to meet the teaching, learning and research needs of both faculty and students of the university. The collection is organized using the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme. 


The main function of the library is to support the teaching, learning and research pursuits of the university. It is therefore the pivot around which academic life of the RMU revolves. To enable it play its proper role, books, journals, e-resources and other reading materials are carefully selected  with the aid of academic departments in order to provide an effective and efficient library service for the University community.

Arrangement of Books 

The books in the library are arranged according to their subject contents by a scheme known as the Dewey decimal classification. The classification scheme divides knowledge into 10(ten) divisions 0 – 9 with each division denoting the subject contents of the books.

The outline of the main classes is as follows

00                Generalities

100              Philosophy and related disciplines

200              Religion

300              Social Sciences

400              Languages

500              Pure Science

600              Technology

700              The Arts

800              Literature (Belle-letters)

900              General geography and history and their auxiliaries

Each book has a Call Mark which is usually written on its spine. The call mark is made up of the Call Number and the first three letters of the author’s surname. Thus, the International law of the sea by E.D Brown will have his call mark on the spine

            3341.75           -Class Number

            BRO                -Author Mark





 Smoking and eating and drinking are not permitted in the library. They encourage infestation of pest and ants and may be offensive to other library users. Toffees, biscuits, fruits, candies etc. are all forbidden.

On leaving the library, readers must show all books in their possession to the Assistant at the Counter.

Books must not be defaced by writing in them or by any other means. Borrowers are responsible for books for which they have signed. Any loss or damage must be made good by the borrower.

It is an offence to take a book which has not been properly issued to you out of the library.

Disciplinary action, including expulsion will be taken against anyone found to have mutilated or stolen library material, including journals or books.

Silence is to be observed at all times within certain section of the Library.

Firearms and other offensive weapons are not allowed into the Library.

Pets are not allowed in any part of the Library

The entry and use of mobile phones in the reading areas of the library are prohibited. These, also includes small radios and sound systems.

Bags, gowns, raincoats, umbrellas and other items must be deposited with the Assistant at the front desk and a tag collected. It must be noted that such items are deposited at owners’ own risk and the Library disclaims responsibility for any loss or damage to such items.

No seat shall be reserved by or for any reader. Any seat that is vacant for 15 minutes would be allocated to the next user.




Faculty, students and staff of the University have access to all the resources of the library, however, they need to register with the library in order to borrow materials. Library tickets are then issued to the user for borrowing. The number of tickets determines the number of books a user can borrow at a time

The Student ID card must be shown whenever a book is to be borrowed from the library. It should also be surrendered when requesting for book from any section of the library. In addition, signing for any material from Reference desk, such as thesis, past questions etc, the user may be required to produce a student ID card. It should be produced as identification whenever requested by a member of the Library Staff. No borrowing is allowed without the ID card.


I.             Regular Books

a)   Undergraduate students may borrow up to 2 books for 2 weeks, renewable once only if not requested by another reader, Books may be recalled after 7 days.

b)  Postgraduates and Research Students may borrow up to 4 books for 2 weeks, these may be renewed once only, and such books are subject to recall after 7 days.

c)  Senior Members may borrow up to 6 books, for a semester, subject to recall after 2 weeks if circumstances of the library so demanded.

d)  Lending of books cease 15 minutes before closing time.


ii.              Charging and Discharging of Books (Borrowing and Returning of Books)

One need to present a valid RMU library ticket to borrow book from the Circulation Desk and the book is to be return to the same location, before or on the due date. It should be noted that the Borrower remains responsible for the book(s) he or she has borrowed as long as the book(s) was not presented to staff at the Circulation Desk.

iii.                Reservation of Books

A book which is out on loan and which is required by another reader may be reserved on application to the Assistant-in-charge at the Circulation Desk in the Main Library. The reader will be notified by email when the book is available. Such a book will be kept for 3 days. If it is not collected after this period, the book will be returned to the library’s shelves.



iv            Care of Books

a) No book is to be written in, cut, or damaged in any way. Any defect in or damage to a book should be reported to the library staff.

b) Readers must not trace any picture or figure from any book/material.

c) Readers and borrowers will be held responsible for any damage to a book in their charge and will be required to pay the appropriate cost of such damaged books.

d) Borrowers should report at once the loss of any book, and if it is not found, the borrower shall pay for the assessed cost of the lost book.



The following shall constitute library offences:

a) Failure to return borrowed books and related material on due date.


i)    General Collection:  Offender shall be liable to the payment of a fine of $ 0.50 per day up to time the book is returned.

ii)  Special Reference Collection: Hourly charge of $1.00 plus loss of borrowing facilities until books are returned.

b)         Loss or misplacement of books and related materials.

Sanction:  Offender will pay twice the current price of the book including shipping and handling charges, plus a processing charge of GHÈ»100.00.

c)   Unlawful acquisition of library materials/stealing sanctions:

I.  Ordinary books – Rustication for 21 days. In addition, the member shall lose borrowing rights for one semester.

II. Reference books – As in (i) above plus possible dismissal.

III. Rare books – Dismissal.

d)  Mutilation of books and related materials sanctions:

 A member who commits this offence shall be dismissed from the University.

e)  Failure to return books and other materials on demand. (i.e. when a book is recalled).

 Suspension from the University plus any overdue fines.

In the case of a faculty member who commits any of the above offences, a report shall be made to the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar for appropriate sanctions to be instituted against him/her. For non-university staff, use of the library will be denied plus other appropriate sanctions.

f)  With regard to the General Rules of the Library Regulation, the flouting of any of them could result in the imposing appropriate sanctions on the offender(s), including the suspension of the use of the library.

Reserved Books

Books recommended by lecturers to their students are removed from the shelves and kept behind the circulation desk. Such books are available for use in the library only. A reader must return books borrowed from the reserved collection to the assistant at the counter before leaving the Library.

Books used in the library

Books should be left on the reading tables. Readers should not attempt to shelve any book after use.


User Education

User education in the library, takes the form of the orientation programme organized for freshers at the start of a new academic year. special training programmes are organized for post-graduate students on how to access information in electronic format, such as the CD-ROM, the internet and other online databases. This is to impart literature search skills to the new students and also to create awareness of such services in the library. The course is organized mid-way through the first semester and is free of charge. When more resources become available, such a programme will be extended to cover undergraduate students as well.




The library accepts donations both in cash or kind from individuals, families and organizations. However, the library reserves the rights to decide how such donations are organized and used in the library. For donations to be relevant and meaningful, potential donors can talk to the librarian to determine the needs of the library.



Collection Development

The RMU libraries exist to support the teaching, learning and research needs of the university. The library’s collections therefore reflect the disciplines taught and researched into in the university. Materials are painstakingly selected in collaboration with faculty to ensure that, they are relevant, current and useful. In as much as we determined to build a balanced collection, some subject areas are slightly ahead of others, purely on demand and supply bases.






The acquisitions department selects, orders, and receives all library materials and maintains records such as Accession Register. Processing of books actually begins here.


Books and other library materials are catalogued and classified in this department. Books from here are transferred to the shelves after processing.

Circulations/Reader Services

Reference services are provided by conducting interviews, answering user queries and giving library instructions. Borrowing and return of library materials are also done here. Again, this department houses both the Reference and Lending collections of the library.


Academic Research Library (ARL)

This library is equipped with the state of art ICT gadgets to enable users to conduct their online searches in databases subscribed to by the library and other free online resources, print or copy documents. The main aim of the ARL is to provide the basic research needs of faculty and students of RMU in a congenial environment.

Reprography Unit

This unit’s core business is the reproduction and duplication of teaching and learning materials. A major product of this unit is the reading materials for the university’s short – courses.

Digitization Unit

Here, the information professionals digitize rare books and other important resources, process and upload them unto the University’s institutional repository for continued access. Research output of the University can also be found here.



Circulations / Reader Service

This service presents the interface for interaction between users of the library and library staff as well as the resources of the library. Staffs in this department of the library introduce users to the entire collection and services provided by the library and help the user to find information.

This department houses the reference, circulation and reserved books as well as the hardcopy journals of the library. The reference collection is made up of dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, atlases, hardcopy journals, magazines, newsletters, newspapers, bibliographies, and indexes compilation of laws of Ghana. The circulation collection comprises mainly textbooks, pamphlets and audio-visuals. The reserved collection is also made up of mainly recommended textbooks that are in short supply. Such titles are removed from the open shelves and kept behind the circulation desk. These books can be requested and used in the library just like other reference materials. But will have to be returned to the officer at the counter. Such books would be issued out after the student has deposited his/her ID card. 

The circulations/Reader service department also issues books and other resources of the library out and receives them when they are due.  To be able to borrow one must register with the library.

This department also provides comfortable furniture and the needed ambience for reading, learning and research.



 Electronic resources are information in the electronic format whose creation, storage and dissemination depends on the use of computers and other electronic devices.

These resources come in two forms; online and offline. Online e-resources depend heavily on internet networks for their transmission and dissemination. Meanwhile, they provide vast range of information resources to users regardless of location, time or space.

 On the other hand, offline e-resources do not need internet connectivity for their dissemination and access. These are soft copies of books and journal articles created or downloaded and stored on standalone computers.   The RMU library holds over two thousand e-books and others. The library is a member of Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana, known as CARLIGH, an umbrella body that negotiate and acquire licenses on behalf of institutions from publishers and aggregators of online databases. The RMU library renews these licenses every year while adding relevant databases from time to time. The library currently provides access to about 15 databases and over 2000 journal titles. These e-resources can be accessed in the library’s academic research room, however plans are far advanced to provide off campus access upon request.


Off Campus Access

This service allows users to login remotely to the RMU Library system in order to access the library’s subscribed databases and other e-resources. The service brings the library’s resources to the door step of faculty and students who are not on campus hence do not have physical access to the library. It would also help to control the crowd in our space challenged library.


Reprographic Service

The RMU Library provides photocopy service upon request from users who need to copy a few pages of books, journals, magazines, past questions and news papers. This is however done in the context of prevailing copyright regulations.


Library Instruction / Research Skills

A library of any size is a complex organization and the RMU Library is no exception. Library instruction provide a guide to the new user and sometimes existing users on how the sources of information are organized in the library, the type of collections available and the skills needed to make maximum use of the library and its resources.

RMU Library guide is available on the library’s website. Meanwhile user should feel free to approach the library staff for help in the library and should never think that the staff are too busy and therefore cannot help.



Reference / Lending collection

The Reference/Lending collection is housed in the main library hall. This collection is made up of reference materials like dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbook, atlases, hardcopy journals and magazines, newsletters, newspapers, bibliographies, indexes and a compilation of laws of Ghana and reserved textbooks. Lending materials within this collection are mainly textbooks whose content reflect the needs of the university. These titles can be borrowed by registered members of faculty and students for a specified period.


International Maritime Organization (IMO) Publication Collection

These are publications from IMO, most of which take their source from the Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW). Some of the popular titles among these publications include SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, Model courses, IMDG code, International Code of Signals ISPS code, IAMSAR manual, FTP code, IMSBC code etc. Also included in this collection are the Nautical Almanac and the Norrie’s nautical tables.

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) Collection

Titles in this collection are mostly ICS model courses geared towards their professional examinations. Their subject scope is concentrated on the shipping and logistics field.



E – Books

Journal databases

Cambridge University Press:

Credo Preference:



Institute of Physics:

Project Muse:


Sage Research Methods:

Taylor and Friends:

Wiley / Blackwell:

World Bank E-library:



By Subject




Dictionaries / Encyclopedia




English Languages



Health Sciences


Information Studies


Marine Science



Modern languages

Operations and MIS

Organization and HRM



Political Science


Public Administration







A Library catalogue contains the records of the library’s collections. The RMU Library has two main catalogues, namely the Online (referred to as The Regional Maritime University Library) and the Manual (i.e., catalogue slips).


Regional Maritime University Library Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)

The Library’s resources can now be searched online at hhtp:// (RMUCat) from any computer connected to the internet. However, a number of computer access points are available at vantage areas of the library for one to search the library’s resources.

Searches may be done using:

  • The author’s name (surname first)
  • Keyword
  • Call/class number
  • Title of book
  • Subject

The Regional Maritime University library system may be searched simultaneously or searched may be limited to one particular library.




  1. Select Author from the drop down menu in the top box.
  2. Enter Author’s name in the search box below with author’s surname first in this format Opoku, Jane.
  3. Select view entire collection or any library of your choice from the drop down menu in the bottom box
  4. Click on SUBMIT.



  1. Select TITLE from the drop down menu in the top box.
  2. Enter TITLE OF BOOK OR JOURNAL in the search box below example: libraries and electronic resources.
  3. Select view entire collection or any library of your choice from the drop down menu in the bottom box.
  4. Click on SUBMIT.



  1. Select SUBJECT from the drop down menu in the top box.
  2. Enter any subject of interest the search box below e.g. geography or gender.
  3. Select view entire collection or any library of your choice from the drop down in the bottom box.
  4. Click on SUBMIT.



  1. Select keyword from the drop down menu in the top box.
  2. Enter a keyword in the search box below e.g. fertility.
  3. Select view entire collection or any library of your choice from the drop down menu in the bottom box.
  4. Click on SUBMIT.


When a search is carried out, a list of titles may appear

  • Click on the title of interest
  • Take note of the location (where it is) and call/class no.
  • Go to the physical location and retrieve the item from the shelves.