The University of Ibadan Library is named after Professor Kenneth Dike, the first indigenous Principal and former Vice-Chancellor. It was established out of the desires of the founding fathers and matriarch of the icon of higher education in Nigeria, to cut a niche for research and sound teaching in the University of Ibadan. It was a massive project with great vision of sustained quality services and enduring capacity for expansion. The Library is ranked favourably in the comity of libraries in the Commonwealth. Through the Mac Arthur Foundation’s funding support (2002-2007), Kenneth Dike library received great boosts in all aspects of its functions and services to the immediate community and beyond. At present, the library is sufficiently equipped and has been facilitated to subscribe to many electronic resources with which it is able to compliment its print collections. This has apparently impacted the improved quality of research, teaching and learning of staff and students within the community and outside. A significant trans-formation occasioned by the intervention of the MacArthur Foundation to the system has since characterized the expanded facilities and services in the library. For example, The library building besides existing facilities, now has an electronic classroom and a computer laboratory with full internet access, multimedia facilities for the promotion of a conducive learning and teaching environment. This is just one of many areas that expanded ICT is currently being put to good use. To this end, many courses and programmes are being run in these designated e-rooms within the library. Consequent on the intervention of the Foundation, Kenneth Dike library has successfully embarked on library automation project with the aim of ensuring that the library materials are made visible to the users within and outside the University walls. In addition, the University of Ibadan is currently hosting the automation project involving six university library in Nigeria. Moreover, retrospective conversion of records is ongoing. Library network expansion is being carried out in phases and this, at the end of the project, will ensure that all staff and users are able to access the resources on the local network and the internet. Besides, the library has increased the number of computers to user ratio since the beginning of the MacArthur grant in 2002. Of great importance is the rare opportunity available to staff and students since the commencement of the journal donation project funded by Mac Arthur Foundation grant. Similarly, access to current journals has become eased. Attendant benefit of this initiative is the culture of cooperation among University Libraries within and outside the country.

College, Branch and Faculty Libraries

There are other branches of the University Library on and off the campus, and these can be used by all members of the University, subject to the regulations of each Library.  Altogether, there are 30 College/Faculty and Departmental libraries of the University.  Of this number, eight are College/Faculty or Institute Libraries belonging to the College of Medicine, the Faculties of the Social Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry, Education, Law, Technology and Veterinary Medicine; and the Institute of African Studies.  The largest is the Medical Library otherwise known as the E. Latunde Odeku Medical Library, situated on the Univesity College Hospital campus.  Attached to this is a departmental unit located in Igbo-Ora in Oyo State, some eighty kilometers outside Ibadan, for clinical students doing practical community health work in rural areas.  The other libraries are departmental collections of varying size and importance, manned in the majority of cases by non-professional staff.  Some of the largest of these collections belong to the Departments of Chemistry, Zoology, Forestry and Nursing.  Most of them hold multiple copies of basic texts recommended for student reading – laboratory manuals, basic reference materials, essays and dissertations accepted as part-fulfilment of their first degrees, Masters theses from 1984, certificates and diplomas and specially prepared course handouts for students’ reading. Permission to borrow any of the materials housed there depends on the policy of the individual Faculty/Branch libraries.

Specific Information

The Kenneth Dike Library contains over 3,000,000 volumes and seats 1,550 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. Anyone else with serious reasons for using the Library may also be admitted to use it for study and reference purposes only, provided s/he has a letter of introduction from a recognised University official (HOD/Dean, or a designated authority from the visitor’s school or organisation. In all cases, the claims of scholarship and research are given first consideration.

Union Catalogue

The Library now maintains a Union Catalogue representing the holdings of College/Faculty and Department libraries on the campus. Each contributing library is assigned a code, which is stamped on the card to indicate the actual location of the material. This would create awareness of what is available in all the libraries on the campus