· Library and resource centre
UDS community library is based in Kamuli town centre located in Kamuli district. The library provides reference materials, a quiet reading environment and it is open up to 9pm giving chance to school /working students to use it for their personal and academic work. The library provides daily news papers and on line information downloads especially related to development and academic fields. The library has books for both secondary and tertiary education. Library use has kept growing through the years and currently the annual users stands at 5800 compared to 350 in 2001 when it had just been opened.
Attached to the library is a resource centre which houses information materials related to development work. Such materials are in form of print, audio and audio visual
· Community internet access
This was introduced in 2006 following a need. Before then one would access internet from Jinja which is about 65 Kms. Despite the fact that there about 3 other internet cafes in Kamuli town centre, the café at UDS centre is preferred due to its speed and the fact that it’s provided for development purposes and not for profit. The internet is most used by researchers, district officials and youth. UDS internet café is open until 9pm catering for the busy people who have to leave office late.
· Computer training( general public)
Attached to the café is the computer training school from where individuals learn how to use a computer. Since its inception in 2002 over 700 people most of whom are youth and working class people have been trained. A follow up of the trained students indicated that all were applying the skills learnt and unemployed youth had created their own jobs through stetting up secretarial bureaus
· Computer training for the deaf
This is a new project- about to start in the financial year 2011- 2012. The project will target the deaf people.
· Book Box project ( Books to schools)
The absence of library facilities in schools has resulted into a poor reading culture which is one of the major causes of poor academic performance in most rural schools. With its mandate of providing information materials, UDS initiated the book box project in Feb 2007 with a purpose of improving performance and reading culture through provision of relevant /reference materials to private secondary schools. The project was first piloted in 4 schools and currently a total of 18 schools have been reached.
The Book box is an outreach project to extend reading materials beyond the walls of a physical library. Through this project, a box full of books based on user taste and relevance is lent to a school for a period of 1 year at a very minimal user fee. Originally the box would be in a school for only 1 year and then it rotates to another but this was a short period to realize impact. Currently if the school is free to remain with the box for more than one year provided they reapply for it.
UDS book box contains over 100 ‘O’level core subjects books which include: Maths, English, biology, chemistry, physics, agriculture and geography