The University of Abuja Library
Dr R. I. Echezona
A functional and service-oriented library should be the largest single resource of a university. Its pride of place should be reflected both in its architecture and collection of books and journals. The Library, which has a sitting capacity for 7000 readers and, a collection of 19,866 volumes of books and 540 serials, is headed by the University Librarian, Dr R. I. Echezona
A functional and service-oriented library should be the largest single resource of a university. Its pride of place should be reflected both in its architecture and collection of books and journals. The Library, which has a sitting capacity for 7000 readers and, a collection of 19,866 volumes of books and 540 serials, is headed by the University Librarian, Dr R. I. Echezona and has the following divisions:
- Readers Services
- Technical Services
- Collection Development
- Special Collection
- Digital Library
The Central Library
he University Library Staff strength is currently sixty (60) in the following categories: 12 Academic Staff, 10 Para- Professionals and other Senior supporting Staff, and thirty eight Junior Staff.
The University Central Library on the Main Campus along Airport road Abuja is now open for services. Apart from the Central Library, there are also five branch libraries.
The Mini Campus Library
The Library is headed by Dr. A.A. Bello, a Senior Librarian with other Staff namely, Mrs. H. Laraba Emmanuel (Library Officer), Mr Anthony E. (Principal Library Officer), Mr. Ismaila M. Jimoh (Principal Library Officer), and other staff. The library mainly serves students and staff from the Faculties of Education and Social Sciences.
The academic and senior non-academic staff are allowed to borrow up to a maximum of ten books for the duration of one semester, Postgraduate students are entitled to borrow four books for a period of one month; and undergraduate students are eligible to borrow two books for a period of two weeks. Mini Campus Library can sit 420 readers.
Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences Library
The Library came into existence in the year 2007 following the establishment of the Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. The Library started operation from the premises of the Projects Coordinating Unit (PCU) at Sheda, Abuja. The Library then moved to the Main Campus in 2012 following the movement of the students and staff. The Library is headed by Miss Helen Emmanuel (Librarian II) and the other staff are Mr. John Moneke (Higher Library Officer), and Mal. Yusuf Salihu (Library Assistant). The Library holding is over 1,855 volumes including books, reports and journals.
College of Health Sciences library
The Library is headed by Dr. A. J. Egnunu (Librarian I). The other staff are Mr. Jackson Out (Assistant Librarian), Mrs. Aminu Saadatu (Assistant Library Oficer) and Mal. Mamuda Yaken (Senior Library Assistant). The Medical Library came into existence in 2007 following the establishment of the College of Health Sciences. The Library commenced operation from the School of Nursing premises at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada, Abuja. The Library moved to the University Main Campus in 2012. The total number of the Library holding is 1855 volumes, including books and journals.
Faculty of Engineering Library
The Library was established in the year 2012 with its holdings of 2,308 books, 250 volumes of reference materials and 400 volumes of journals. The library can accommodate 41 readers. Mr. Attahir Isa, S. (Librarian 1) heads the Library with the assistance of other Staff who include Mr. John Inegbenoghu (Library Officer) and Mr. Ogbobe Ifeanyi. Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education Library, Kado The CDL and CE Library at Kado is in the process of being established. The books acquired so far are 30 volumes. The reading tables and chairs have also been purchased. We are still awaiting the installation of shelves.
The Kado Library is meant to support the academic needs of the students of the Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education, especially the Diploma and MBA students who hold their lectures there.
The Law Library is headed by Barrister Isa I. Afegbua (Librarian I) and the other Staff include Mr. S.A. Ashe (Principal Library Officer), Mr. Michael Ekoja (Library Assistant), Mrs. Dogara Rahila (Library Officer) and Mrs. Esther Olore Ben (Portress 1).
The Library can accommodate 210 readers. The book collection of the Law Library is over 15, 716 while the journal holding is 174 titles with a total of 3612. There is also an e-library with 30 computers that has subscription to LexisNexis, Law Pavilion, Ebrary databases along with other free and open databases that are listed in the Digital Library section on this site.
The vision for the Library is to be a fully developed functional first class university library with up-to-date print and electronic resources that will meet the needs of the 21 st century faculty students and researchers.
The mission of the University Library is to provide materials in support of the teaching and learning process in the main stream and the distance learning components. The Library takes it as a duty to:
- Provide materials to meet the requirements of faculty, postgraduate students and researchers.
- Provide materials to support Library users in their own personal development.
- Participate in a cooperative arrangement with a view to developing a network of academic library resources which can be put at the disposal of all bona fide library users.
- Meet the specialized information needs of the community in which the University is situated.
The Digital Library Division of the Library is in charge of all the ICT related activities of the Library. Among its facilities are:
- The e-library at the main campus library which contains about fifty desktops and sixty laptops with Internet connectivity;
- The e-library at the mini campus branch which contains 60 computers, VAST and other peripherals for Internet connectivity. It was donated by the Tetfund. Apart from the computer systems, the e-library also has a number of multi-media systems, such as power point, digital cameras, scanners, etc that can enhance e-librarianship.
- The Institutional Repository which is in charge of housing of all local contents of the University and making them accessible online.
- The Library’s Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) which contains the list of the library holdings.
- The Essential Agricultural Library (TEAL) which is a server that contains publications on agriculture, science and other fields.
- The University Library website also provides link to many databases, both paid and open access such as AGORA, EBSCOHOST, HINARI, Ebrary, Ebook Central, Science Direct, Lexis Nexis, Law Pavilion, Jgateplus, DOAJ, CORE, BASE, DOAB, Biomed Central, Scopus, OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment), Gutenberg, Africa Journals Online (AJOL), Internet Archive Books and Texts, freefullpdf, Wolfram Math World, Arxiv, Google Scholar, NUC Virtual Library etc. These databases contain electronic current and back issues of many academic journals that can accessed online and downloaded.
LOAF, (Library on a Flash) is another vital information tool available to the Library which was donated by the American University of Nigeria. It contains hundreds of free e-books, links to databases and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs.
- Peer-viewed journal articles and access to both local (Nigerian) and international news sources
- Blog: The Library’s blog page at http://uniabujalibrary.blogspot.com.ng/ is another medium the Library utilizes in interacting with its users by disseminating information as well as current happenings in the University.
- Facebook page: The Library Facebook page, UniabujaLibraryEchezona, is the meeting point for the Library users and fans. The page also links and discussions about the recent happenings in the academia.
- Twitter: The Library’s Twitter handle, @libuniabuja is a highly interactive and the Library users can post their queries and questions and any time for quick responses and answers.
This unit is headed by Mrs. Funom Blessing (Librarian I) and the other staff are Mrs. M. Lami Kol (Assistant Library Officer). The unit houses reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopaedias, maps, handbooks, manuals, yearbooks, etc. Other materials found in the unit are past question papers and CDL materials. Serials Division
The division is headed by Dr Mrs. Olowonefa Grace (Senior Librarian) and is aided by two other staff, Mrs Ogbonna and Blessing… The Serials Section has 8,737 volumes of journals in 1,460 titles. There are also 1,376 volumes of related research materials, apart from 431 postgraduate theses and dissertations. The section also subscribes to 10 Nigerian newspaper titles.
Technical Services Division
The Division is charged with the responsibility of acquisition of new materials into the Library as well the processing of all the books and related materials acquired. There are three units under this division, viz:
Collection Development / Acquisition Unit
This unit as the name entails, is in charge of acquiring new materials into the library. The library mostly acquire materials through purchase though sometimes organizations and individuals do donate materials to the library. The unit is headed by Dr (Mrs) Rose Lade Mommoh, (Librarian I) and is assisted by Muibbat Tijjani (Library Officer) and Adakai Oloche Emmanuel, (Porter I).
Cataloguing and Classification Unit
This unit is headed by Dr (Mrs.) A. J. Egbunu (Librarian 1) and the other staff are Mallam Mohammed Shuaibu (Library Officer) and Oloche Samuel (Library Assistant). This unit is in charge of cataloguing newly acquired materials as well as classifying them.