The service of University of Gondar library system dates back to more than half a century during the establishment of the Gondar Public Health and Training Centre. The library system was established in 1954 to serve students of the Public Health and Training center in the then Gondar College of Medical Science (GCMS)
In 1978, when GCMS was established the GCMS library was also redesigned in its organization, manpower, and in supporting documents. This time the library was intended to serve medical doctors, nurses, and environmental health students. Beyond this it is intended to support the above programs to meet their objectives in serving as a source of information and reference as well as researchers. However, the service was given in buildings built for other purposes than for library service which does not fit for purpose. The year 1999 was a remarkable date where the GCMS library was transformed into a new building built for library, the now GCMS library.
Until the college was given the right to manage, administer, and run its business independently, all the services and activities were managed and administered by the Addis Ababa University.
Along with the transformation of the college into Gondar University College in 2003 and to University of Gondar in 2004, a number of branch libraries were emerged together with the increasing number of Colleges/faculties/schools. Currently, there are eleven branch libraries available. These are:
- College of Medicine and Health Science Undergraduate Branch Library
- College of Medicine and Health Science Postgraduate Branch Library
- Maraki Campus College of Social Science and Humanities Undergraduate Branch Library
- Maraki Campus Postgraduate Branch Library
- Maraki School of Education Branch Library
- Maraki Campus School of Law Branch Library
- Atse Tewodros Campus College of Natural Science and Faculty of Informatics Branch Library
- Atse Tewodros Campus Postgraduate branch Library
- Atse Tewodros Campus College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences Undergraduate branch Library
- Atse Fasil Campus Institute of Technology Branch Library
- Meles Zenawi Campus College of Agricultural and Rural Transformation Branch Library