SECTIONS/UNITS OF THE LIBRARY
The central Library is currently
organised into four (4) departments and three (3) units. Each department and
unit is headed by a professional librarian. The head of each department
reports directly to the university librarian who also reports directly to
the Vice Chancellor. However, there is a senate Library Management committee
that advices and assist the University Librarian in the management of the
The following are the various
sections of the library:
Reader Services Department
The Reader Services Department is
responsible for the coordination of all activities and services that will
enable users have direct access to information resources and services of the
library. It consists of the Circulation Unit, Reference unit and
Faculty/Departmental Libraries units:
Located on the first floor of the library, the circulation unit is
responsible for registering new users of the library, charging and
discharging of borrowed books, as well as keeping wary eye on reading areas,
among other functions. I t also houses the largest number of the book
collections in the library. You can also borrow books from this section. The
circulation desk, where you get the clearance to borrow books is located on
the ground floor, just after the main entrance.
The circulation room also houses
the Reserve collection that consists of selected materials in closed
access in which users have to seek for permission to use them. Users are
allowed to use them within the library for two hours. Materials kept in this
section include materials that are on high demand but in limited copies;
rare materials that are out of print but in high demand; materials asked to
be placed on reserve by course tutors etc
Also located on the first floor and close to the main stack area, the
reference section is the smaller room adjacent to the circulation section.
It houses the reference materials designed for consultation purposes only,
rather than continuous reading. Such materials are used only within the
library and cannot be given out on loan. Reference materials have the
inscription: “REFERENCE ONLY! NOT TO BE TAKEN OUT OF THE LIBRARY”. Examples
of reference materials in the room include: Encyclopaedia, Dictionaries,
Directories, Almanac, Handbooks, Abstracts and Indexes, Biographies, Atlases
The reference section is also
responsible for answering user’s questions and also provides assistance to
users in the use of the library and other information resources.
Faculty and Departmental
The reader services department is
also responsible for maintenance of the following faculty libraries :
Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Library
ii) Faculty of
Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Library
iii) Faculty of
iv) Faculty of Earth
and Environmental Sciences, Library
v) Faculty of
vi) Faculty of Science and
Technology Education, Library
The library also supports the
following departmental Libraries: Department of Architecture; Mathematical
Sciences; Department of Geography; Department of Biology; Microbiology;
Biochemistry and Physics department.
Technical Services Department:
It is located in the staff wing of the university Library and it is
responsible for the selection, acquisition and processing of new materials
through the proper cataloguing and classification of library resources.
Students have restricted access to this section because it is the workroom
of the university library. The Technical Services Department consist of two
units namely, the information Resources Development Unit and the cataloguing
and classification unit.
Cataloguing & Classification Unit:
is responsible for Processing and organizing all materials acquired by the
library for utilization by library users; the creation and maintenance of
the library’s card catalogue and online public access catalogue (OPAC).
Information Resources Development Unit:
is generally responsible for building up the library collections and
maintains its quality and strength. In particular the unit is responsible
Selection of relevant books/journals in liaison with faculty members
for the library.
Preparing order of recommended books/journals.
Receiving and verifying all books/journals on receipt.
Maintaining records of all transactions as regards to purchases of
Review of all library books/journals with a view to maintain
effective library collections in collaboration with reader services unit.
Serials and Postgraduate Department;
unit this is located on the ground floor, adjacent to the administrative
office of the University library. It responsible for acquiring, processing
and maintenance of the serial collection such as journals, Newspapers,
Magazines as well as other documents including student’s projects/ thesis,
government publications, etc. It also maintains catalogue and records of all
serials and documents acquired by the library. It is also responsible for
the binding and reprographic services of the library as well as the post
graduate section of the library.
Graduate Section: is located on the first floor of the building. It is
intended to be a quiet and secured area for reading and research by
It is located on the ground floor of the library building. It houses 250
computers and it is responsible for the planning and development of
automated library services as well as the management of e- library services.
There is also the E –Library annex
which is a facility provided by the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF).
It is located in the former university library building situated at the
administrative block of the university. It has fifty (50) computers,
connected to the internet.
The e-library stores and provides
access to both online and off line resources to its users electronically.
Some of the e -resources are acquired and or subscribed to while others are
accessed freely through open access.