EIFL in Kenya

EIFL has been working in Kenya since 2008. We engaged with the development of the Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC), and through this partnership, libraries in Kenya are providing access to a wide range of scholarly e-resources. EIFL agreements with publishers also allow authors in Kenya to publish in open access in hybrid or fully open access journals at waived or discounted Article Processing Charges (APCs).

EIFL supported national and institutional open access awareness raising and advocacy workshops that have resulted in the launch of open access publishing platforms and the creation of a number of open access repositories. 

Through our work, the leading universities in the country - University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology -  have introduced open access mandates, thereby opening their research to the world. Many more universities followed suit. 

We have also advocated for revisions to the national copyright law to enable libraries to better meet the needs of their end users. We supported ratification by Kenya in 2017 of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities, and its implementation into copyright law. To support librarians to use the treaty in their work, we produced a Kenyan edition of ‘Getting Started. Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities. A practical guide for librarians’.

EIFL has engaged with public libraries in Kenya resulting in innovative pilot projects that are helping libraries meet the information needs of their communities. We supported advocacy for resourcing of public libraries with digital technology, and as a result, public libraries throughout the country have computers and the internet for public use

EIFL partnered with the Kenya National Library Service in a two-year project to strengthen continuous professional development of public librarians. The partnership led to the establishment of new public library services using digital technology to serve community needs. We are continuing to build the capacity of librarians in Kenya to enable them to introduce technology-based services for their users.

Library Consortium Information

Kenya Libraries and Information Services Consortium (KLISC)
Type of members:

University libraries, college and polytechnic libraries, public libraries, national libraries, special libraries.

EIFL-Licensed resources:

View the complete list of e-resources, technology products and Article Processing Charges that have been negotiated for members of ( KLISC. See the full list of all the journals that EIFL has negotiated terms for open access publishing for researchers in Kenya. For more information please contact the Licensing Coordinator in Kenya.


University World News reports on EIFL open access projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe
Daily Nation article about the benefits of ‘Learning Circles’ to support online learners at Nakuru Public Library
Infodocket shares news of EIFL's new open access project in Africa.



EIFL started working in Kenya in 2008.


EIFL works with 144 institutions in Kenya through the library consortium.


Kenya was one of six countries included in a unique study into perceptions of public libraries in Africa, commissioned by EIFL in 2011.



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