Thursday 13 March 2014

National Library of Nigeria, Kwara State Branch History

National Library of Nigeria Kwara State Branch started in 1980 at No. 2 Offa Road, Ilorin

Mr W. F. Adio was the pioneer Head of Branch.

Past Heads of Branch

Alhaji Abdul-Ganiyi, A. Adebimpe 1987

Eboh, J.O                                        1993

Mrs. Obada, A.M                           1996

Mrs. Balogun, A.M                         1997

Omotola, E.G                                 1998

Mohammed, S.A                            2001

Odeleye, S.O                                 2007

Ajayi, J.A                                       2010

Mrs. Olani, O.K                             2012
In 1996, the library was moved to Former SDP secretariat at Kulende Estate.

In 1984, a piece of land was allocated for the building of its prototype permanent structure by the Kwara State Government, which was revoked in 2004.

In 2006, the Branch was moved again, to pave way for the National Open University in Kwara State,  to its present location in the neighborhood of Kwara State Printing Corporation (The Herald premises) on Offa Road, G.R.A Ilorin, under the Headship of Mallam S. A. Mohammed.

Friday 21 February 2014



State Branches are branches of the National Library of Nigeria established in various states of the Federation. Their establishment was informed by the need to extend library and information services to all parts of the country in line with the National Library Decree No 29 of 1970, which establishes the institution a national depository and bibliographic agency. State branches render services directly to the public and liaise with publishers, other libraries and institution. They provide insights into the operations of the institution.

There is therefore, the need to pay great attention to the development of the branches in order to boost their operations and thus enhance the public image of the institution. The whole institution and the state branches in particular are faced with problems, which need to be addressed squarely. This will re-position them for a more effective and efficient service delivery in their areas of operations.

This paper therefore examines the functions of, and problems confronting the branches. It also proffers solutions as a way forward


                                          THE ROLE OF BOOKS AND LIBRARIES

                                               Presented by the Government of Britain


This paper outlines the major needs and problems as they appear in Britain. While the British Council, the Ministry of Overseas development and the leading British publishers between them have, through their work in the field, an extensive knowledge of the need for books and the problems of their production and distribution in developing countries: this knowledge cannot be complete without the active participation of the developing countries themselves. This paper consequently owes much to the leading paper on the provision of textbooks and other books presented at the Second Education Conference at Delhi 1961, and to the conclusions of the Third Conference at Ottawa in 1964


The immediate aspirations and future direction for the National Library of Nigeria has been expressed in different rolling plans and budgets.

The National Library intends to consolidate its achievements in the realization of the objectives prescribed on it by the law - National Library decree no. 29, 1970, these objectives are:

1.      The provision of necessary support for the intellectual efforts in all activities directed at progress and development.

2.      Ensuring the availability of comprehensive and as near complete a collection of resources as possible of materials of knowledge in existence in the world, and ensuring full access to such resources both within and outside the Nations boundaries.

3.      Ensuring a free flow of knowledge between this nation and others, thereby securing a place for the nation in the community of nations that depend on recorded knowledge information survival in a world of rapid advantages competition of ideas.

In other to achieve these objectives the national library evolved specific targets which include the following:

1.      Providing a functional building complex which would serve both as the headquarters as well as hold a national collection of materials. The target is to collect and preserve in one place over 10,000,000 items within the next 25 years.

2.      Developing a collection of reference books, general monographs and serials which would support and assist in national programs targeted towards nation building. The collection should also include those Nigeria deposited by the provisions of the law and those deposited by virtue of the National Library’s status as the nation depository of such documents e.g. United Nations publications.

3.      Ensuring access to this collection by all Nigerians without discrimination and as near to where they live as possible.

4.      Provide essential equipment and facilities which would ensure efficient and effective performance e.g. computers, transportation etc.

5.      Develop capacity to co-ordinate library resources nation-wide.

6.      Provide staff accommodation which would attract the best librarians and other professionals into the system.

In concrete terms, the rolling plan has translated these targets into three capital projects, five projects under special programs.

It is envisaged that with careful implementation of these projects the National Library will emerge from near total collapse to a virile institution ready for its responsibilities.

The target conceived by the National Library Board as its share of national goals and aspiration under the National Rolling include the following:

1.      Attainment to full-fledged Library Documentation and Information Services in a permanent building centrally located in the cultural spines at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

2.      Full-fledged service in II prototype state branches 3 of which are already functional as of today, while all those abandoned (i.e. 3 of such branches would be constructed and commissioned on each year of the rolling plan) was completed and commissioned.

3.      With the confirmation of allocation of a plot of land in Abuja, construction of the first phase of staff residential accommodation or top management staff who will man the service points in Abuja plus II state capitals where the aforementioned prototype branches would be located was completed in 1993. The 80% completed staff accommodation in Enugu will also be completed.

4.      In view of the overall general economic constraints, great use of other libraries can be enhanced nation-wide. Towards this end, coordinating mechanisms within the National Library systems have been proposed under Special program. Readership promotion would be a priority in support of the two national programs in Education- Education for all by the 2000 and the Mass literacy program.