Kenya National Bibliography (KNB) is a collection of publications that are published in or with an interest to Kenya since 1980. Works published in 1979 and before constitute materials for the retrospective KNB. This was after amendments of the Kenya National Library Service Board Act, Cap 225, Laws of Kenya in 1984 that knls was given the full responsibility of the production of KNB, which is an annual publication. The principle objective of the current Kenya National Bibliography (KNB) is to record comprehensive and accurately the bibliography data of all the books, research reports, conference proceedings, pamphlets, maps, current serial titles (including annual reports, year books, biennials, etc) on first appearance and subsequent name/title changes, selected audio-visual and other non-print materials etc., published in Kenya.

The Books and Newspapers Act, Cap 111 of the Laws of Kenya (Miscellaneous amendments no. 22) of 1987, states that "every publisher in Kenya is required to deposit two copies of each title published, with the knls Director within 14 days of publishing the title at the publisher’s cost". These legal deposits (together with books published outside Kenya, but with an element of Kenya and those published by Kenyan writers outside Kenya) form the National Collection, “Kenyana".

knls maintains a database of Kenya’s intellectual output with the aim of achieving effective National Bibliographic Control in line with the principle of Universal Bibliographic Control. Kenya National Bibliography serves as a selection tool for scholars, lecturers, students’, librarians among others. National Libraries over the ages have been potent instrument for creation, acquisition and dissemination of local content thereby preserving and promoting transmission of cultural practices and values from one generation to another. They are reservoir of recorded knowledge of a community, which is being preserved for posterity.

It functions primarily as a practical information tool. Its records provide basic information required for selection and acquisition by information and library professionals in Kenya and elsewhere worldwide.
It contributes to Kenya's national input in International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), Universal Bibliographic Control (UBC) and the Universal Availability of Publications (UAP) Programmes.
It also gives the statistical account of Kenya's publishing output, reveals the strength of Kenyan publishing and reflects the success or failure of the Books and Newspapers Act. Lastly, It serves as model catalogue entries, which may be directly copied by libraries and other information centres in the country.

Follow the links below to access previous copies of the KNB that are available online:

KENYA NATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY - KNB 2015 kenya national library service