The University of Ibadan confers on the Library the responsibility of providing information resources (books, journals, reports, monographs, electronic based materials etc.) in support of its teaching and research mandates. Pursuant to the actualization of this responsibility, the University maintains a Library System with Kenneth Dike Library (KDL) as the main library or arrow head of the system.
Over the years, the collections of these Libraries have grown and still continue to grow to the extent that the aggregate holding of materials in the system is estimated well over One Million volumes. These consist of books, journals, dissertations, technical reports and monographs including materials of historical nature such as the African collection.
In recent time, and as part of the global shift from hardcopy information prints to electronic based ones, the Library decided to subscribe to a number of electronic databases consisting of journals, monograph and reports. Some of these databases are JSTOR, AGORA, HINARI, OARE etc. Access to the databases is Internet Protocol (IP) address controlled. This means that they can be accessed by logging into the University network while on the Campus. Outside the campus, the individual can access them through passwords which the Library restricts.
With regard to automation of the Library collection as a basis for the establishment of Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), arrangements are at advanced stage to commence the computerization of the library collection. A new software, VIRTUA, of which the University has already signed an MOU with VTLS Inc in the USA, is soon to be deployed. As soon as the software is deployed, individuals can access the Library Catalogue from the comfort of their offices, classrooms and home so long they have internet connectivity. Furthermore arrangements are also being made to commence digitization of some categories of collections in the Libraries. The digitization will serve two purposes namely preservation and delivery of virtual library services. The underlying philosophy of these arrangements is to provide timely, current and accurate information in support of the teaching and research mandates of the University.
As a back-up to all these plans, the Library has two laboratories with 150 internet ready computer systems from which readers can surf the web for online information search. The service is however at affordable price.