September 10, 2014

Sections in the Library and Services Rendered

The following are the sections available in the Library:

  1. Acquisition Section
  2. Technical Section
  3. Circulation Section
  4. Reference Section
  5. Serials Section
  6. E-Library

Acquisition Section – The Acquisition section is in charge of Library Stock development. It seeks and enjoys the cooperation of Academic staff as well as students in its crucial task of stock building. Recommended titles for acquisition are usually forwarded to the Acquisition Librarian with approval from the Polytechnic Librarian.

Technical Section – The Cataloguing section takes care of getting the library materials ready for use of the Library patrons by processing, cataloguing and classifying the materials. This section is “OUT OF BOUND” to non-Library staff.

Circulation Section – This section is in charge of Circulation of library materials.  It oversees the general reading area as well as the open access collection. Registration of users, borrowing and returning of books and other materials are carried out at this section. The Circulation Librarian and Library Assistants are always around to assist you with all of these activities. This section is an image maker of the Library.

The Main Circulation Desk

Reference Section – The reference section provides reference services to staff, students and researchers.  The reference section is headed by a Reference Librarian whose duty is to assist readers in getting information from the Library resources for study, research and teaching. This section renders the following services:

  • Provides answers to specific enquiries
  • Instructs readers on the use of the Library and the catalogues, abstracts, indexes and Local and Foreign University calendars.
  • Guides users in locating materials
  • Conducts an extensive literature search for Library users with research of project proposals and
  • Provides inter-Library Services by issuing Letters of Introduction to registered members of the library to use other libraries when required materials are not available in this Library.

Serials Section – The Serials section contains current and back issues of both foreign and local journals, magazines, newspapers, special collections such as Government publications, Inaugural Lecture Series, Rare books and other significant collections.

To consult any journal, the reader must first consult the Serials Librarian who will check the Kardex in order to obtain the call mark and to know the holdings of the journal. Newspapers can also be read in this section of the library.  After the materials have been received the reader is expected to register his name in the Serials Register on the type of materials to be consulted e.g. journal, or any other document and submit his Library ticket.  After use, he should sign off and retrieve his Library ticket before leaving the section.

Serials Unit

E-Library –  The Electronic Library of the Polytechnic is located at the main Library complex of the institution.  Here Library users have access to a wide variety of electronic resources (online repositories, online databases, e-journal sites e.t.c.) where they can get information to assist them in their academic researches (projects & assignments).  The facility has 90 workstations, 36 of which are reserved for lecturers.

With the e-Library, Library users have biggest advantage of doing research online with immediate accessibility to information and access to huge databases in various fields.

Online research also gives the researcher the advantage of being able to follow a hunch and look up information on the fly.  The information can later be verified or discredited when researched in greater depth.


General Reading Room –  The General Reading Room is located by the entrance of the main Library complex at Ikorodu campus. The room is 143 sq. meters and accommodates about 96 (ninety-six) Library users.

This reading room is created to accommodate more students especially during the peak periods i.e. examination period, when the available space in the Library might not be enough for Library users. Moreover, the reading room serves as an area where students can hold discussions so as not to disturb other library users. Library materials cannot be used at this reading room.

General Reading Room