September 2, 2014

History

Historical Background

The Lagos State Polytechnic, formerly Lagos State College of Science and Technology, came into existence on 2nd October 1977.

In December 1977, a professional Librarian was appointed to see to the establishment of the Polytechnic Library. His appointment coincided with the time the defunct British Council Library Yaba, Lagos was folding up and its collections were being offered as gifts to willing Libraries.

Efforts were made to acquire some of the collections and the furniture of the British Council Library. A total of 882 titles mainly in the areas of Technology, Mathematics and Management were acquired to form the nucleus of the Polytechnic Library collection.

On the 3rd of March 1978, the Library began loans operation in one of the classrooms of the Management Block at Isolo, the only campus of the Institution at the time. It gradually expanded to occupy the whole upper floor and half of the ground floor of the block, known as the “Library Block”. It occupies a total floor area of 1,320.566 sq. m.

On the 1st of August 1978, Lagos State School of Agriculture which was formerly part of the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture became part of the Polytechnic. Consequently, its Library collections of 410 volumes were reclassified to form the Ikorodu branch of the Polytechnic Library.

With the establishment of Ikosi (Isolo) and Surulere campuses of the Institution, it became imperative to establish mini Libraries on each campus to meet the National Board of Technical Education Accreditation requirement.

On the 21st May 1986, two branch Libraries at Surulere and Ikosi (Isolo) campuses began operations.
As a result of the Lagos State Polytechnic movement to a permanent campus at Ikorodu, the Main Library was therefore moved to Ikorodu campus.

Our primary aim is to support students and staff of the Polytechnic in all areas of their studies with adequate information and materials necessary for teaching, learning, research and self development.

The Library selects its information resources to fulfill the academic, research and scholarly objective of the Polytechnic.

The Library has recent collection of books, local and foreign journals, electronic resources and provides access to free databases.

Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) and Current Awareness Services (CAS) are ways the Library uses to penetrate the Polytechnic academic community.  Patrons have access to the library catalog through the use of the OPAC (Online Open Access Catalog) of the Koha Library Management Software which was deployed for efficient management of the library operations.  With this software, library patrons can access the Library catalogue from the comfort of their offices, classrooms and homes as long as they have Internet connectivity.

Internet facility is available for both staff and students with over 100 networked computer systems to provide access to free and open access online resources.