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Top 10 Universities with the largest library in Nigeria

A simple definition of a  library, according to Wikipedia is that a library is a curated collection of sources of information and similar resources, selected by experts and made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing, often in a quiet environment conducive to study.

In other words, books are not the only thing that should be found in library, what make a library unique is the ability to provide needed information and resources needed for research.

Most Nigerian Universities have never be in good news in the way they handle their library, sometimes ago a University library was on fire, where thousands of book got burnt,  there are also a general feeling, that majority of these libraries ate outdated and should be updated with new materials

Before we proceed, it is important to note that the list below is based on our research and findings. That said, this list is NOT exhaustive. As time goes on, if we find schools with larger libraries, we will update this page accordingly.

List of  Largest Library in Nigeria

1. Kwara State University Library

The Kwara State University Library was founded in 2009. From its inception in 2009 to the last quarter of 2012, the Main Library was housed in one of the Large Rooms (LR) in the College of Pure & Applied Science Building.

The e-Library came on board in 2012.

In 2012, the Main Library moved to two of the new buildings along the College of Agric & Veterinary building. Currently, the Kwara State Library System consists of the Main Library at Malete and a Reading Room each at the Centre for Ecological & Environmental Research Management Studies (CEERMS) and the Centre for Pre-Degree and Remedial Studies.

In 2018 the Law Library became operational.

On July 6, 2019, the new library complex named after President Mohammed Buhari was commissioned and was put into full operations in January, 2020.

The library has the Main Library at Malete and will have a branch each at the two other campuses of the University in Osi and Ilesha-Baruba.

The goal of the Library is to support the University’s function in the areas of teaching, research and community development through the provision of high-quality resources and services.

You can learn more about the KWASU Library HERE.

2. Covenant University Library

The library in Covenant University is known as “Centre for Learning Resources” (CLR).

The Covenant University library has fully computerized all routine activities and can boast of a functional virtual library service, which gives staff and students, access to the Web Public Access Catalogue (WebPAC), and other electronic resources from offices, departments wherever there is a web browser anywhere in the globe and anytime.

The library complex is an edifice with three floors, reputed to be one of the largest in Africa. The total floor area of the complex is 11,300m/2.

It is designed as an imposing glass structure, which portrays learning as the major activity in the University. It is strategically located amidst the college buildings, the University Chapel and the Halls of Residence.

It is able to accommodate up to 3000 readers and about 500 researching staff and postgraduate students.

3. Babcock University Library

Lazz Memorial Library (LOML) contains approximately 67,519 volumes spread through all the disciplines. The Technical Services Department, the core of the entire library located in the ground floor, is actively engaged in the processing of newly acquired information materials

It also lists new arrivals and briefly shows them to make users aware of their availability.

There are some online services accessible via the On-line Public Access Catalog (OPAC).

Loan services, inter-library cooperation and fact finding tools are also on ground to aid users in their quest for information

LAZ Otti Memorial Library
LAZ Otti Memorial Library

4. The Obafemi Awolowo University Library

The Central Library, known as Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library consists of two multi-story wings strategically located in the heart of the campus. It has a seating capacity of 2,500, with access to books and journals via internet.

Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library
Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library

5. Ahmadu Bello University Library

Kashim Ibrahim Library (KIL) of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, was built to be the epitome of excellence in Nigerian university education.

The library is located in the main campus. Agboola (1996) describes the Ahmadu Bello University Library as the largest completed university library building in Sub-Saharan Africa, with an area of 1,582m and the capacity for 500,000 volumes and study space for 2,000.

He states that, “its grandeur and size are not likely to be replicated in the Nigerian university library building scene for some to time to come.”

Even though, the library was stated as the largest in 1996. There are being some level of development at the private institutions.

Kwasu and there other university has a larger and a far reaching audience

Ahmadu Bello University Library
Ahmadu Bello University Library

6. The Landmark University Library

The Library in Landmark University is known as Centre for Learning Resources (CLR). It is a world-class two storey magnificent glass edifice equipped with state-of-the-art facilities with a world-class two storey magnificent glass edifice equipped with state-of-the-art facilities with a seating capacity of 1,700

Landmark University Library
Landmark University Library

7. University Of Ilorin Library

The University of Ilorin system consist of main Library, college library, and law library. The Main Library is at the permanent site, the College Library at Mini Campus in the College of Health Sciences and the Law Library is at the main campus of the university.

The University of Ilorin Library has the seating capacity of above 1000 people. The E-l Library is one of the most efficient library for a federal University. The University of Ilorin is a place to be.

University Of Ilorin Library
University Of Ilorin Library

8. Nnamdi Azikiwe Library

The Library is located on the campus of University of Nigeria. The library is named after the first president of Nigeria.

The library collection grew steadily between 1964 and 1967, annually by 20,000 it was s among the few academic libraries in Nigeria to apply ICT  components in the 1970s, beginning to automate its serial records in 1975. On March 8, 2009, the library moved to a much larger building whose construction began in 1982.

Nnamdi Azikiwe Library

9. The University of Ibadan Library

The Kenneth Dike Library contains over 700,000 volumes and seats 1,250 readers. It is open to all senior staff, and students, and to senior staff of the University College Hospital, Ibadan, as well as Alumni of the University.

University of Ibadan Library
University of Ibadan Library

10. The University of Lagos Library

The University of Lagos Librar has a capacity of over 1000 sweaters, has a large  catalogue, located at the heart of the University. The library is a collection of journals, reviews and research. They Library has a capacity volume of 100 of thousands.


University of Lagos Library

source: Schoolbiro.com

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Dawus Emmanuel Silas

I’m sure you didn’t visit the University of Jos library. Please, next time have a glimpse of the library.

Sam Voghor

This is the most ignorant piece I have read in recent times. I have travelled to over 30 universities in Nigeria. The University of Calabar has the largest libary in terms of land mass and available space.

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