Rules and Regulations
Teaching and Research Activities
The Lagos State University Library was established under the Lagos State University Law. The Library thereafter became operational at the assumption of the University Librarian on 7th May, 1984.
The University Library was one of the foundation departments, which took off on the facilities of the Government College, Ojo, and the then newly completed site of the Methodist Boys’ High School. The temporary site has gradually metamorphosed into a developed permanent site with a tastefully designed new master plan that will change the University main campus to a beautiful architectural layout befitting of a University campus in the 21st century and beyond.
The foundation provisional Governing Council embarked on the allocation of the available buildings on the sites to serve specific functions of the new University. In December 1983, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the then governor of Lagos State and Visitor to the Lagos State University turned the sod of what was to be the Library building. The dining hall of the Government College, with its adjacent kitchen, stores and facilities were expected to serve as the temporary facilities for the Library for two years pending the construction of the new Library building.
The arduous task of renovating, conversion and refurbishing began in earnest. Spaces required for staff, readers and materials were created. A total area of 507sq.m was created. Acquisitions, cataloguing and serials departments were carved out of this space. Another area for circulation and reserve books was also mapped out. Large reading areas with an adjacent shelving area were created. The former stores were converted to office spaces, conference room and audio-visual room. Existing toilets were rehabilitated and additional ones created for the large student population envisaged. By 1985/86 academic year it became expedient to have an extension as the previous space had become grossly inadequate. By this extension an additional space of 343sq.m. was created, bringing the total floor space to 850sq.m. Accommodation increased from 200 to 350 seats and shelving space from 30,000 volumes to 50,000 volumes. The demand for increased space for shelving, readers and staff continued unabated till this day.
The Library with its initial 2,281 volumes of books in 1984 now has about 60,000 volumes in the year 2006. Similarly, the academic journal subscription rose from 741 to 3,000 in 2006. The previous 87 local journal titles of 1986 have risen to over 200 local journal and newspapers in year 2006.
The University Library has collections in various fields such as Accounting, Agriculture, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Industrial and Labour Relations, Business Administration, Public Administration, Chemistry, Economics, Management Technology, Psychology, Geography, Insurance, English, Music Education, Engineering (Electronics, Computer, Mechanical and Chemical), Finance, Geography, Health Sciences, History, Law, Nigerian Languages, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Performing Arts, Physics, Political Science, Religion and Sociology. Library services to the staff, students and the community include photocopying, inter-Library loans, microfilm reading, CD-Rom search, Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), EBSCO Host Online Journal Search (NULIB). Detailed instruction and teaching in Library use is provided to undergraduates as part of the General Studies programme. With its automation project, the University Library has moved into the 21st century. The Library software currently in use is Alice for Windows. This software comes in 3 modules (circulation, acquisition and management). Retrospective conversion of manual Library records is presently going on, and will be completed soon. The Library is on its way to having a virtual/e-Library compliment which will link the Library with the world via Internet.
The University Library now comprises the Fatiu Ademola Akesode Library (main Library), the Taslim Olawale Elias Law Library, the Medical Library in LASUCOM Ikeja, the School of Communication Library in Surulere and the Engineering Library in Epe.
No person may make use of the University Library until he has been duly registered with an undertaking to observe all Library rules and regulations. Registration is now done online and a print copy submitted at the circulation desk. Data on this slip are now uploaded into the Library circulation database which runs on Alice for Windows computer software. A single identity card now admits students all over the campus. The identity card must be shown to any official of the Library on demand and such official may prohibit entry to any reader who is unable to produce the identity card.
The following are eligible to register as readers in the Library with the privileges of borrowing books and making use of reference materials:
(a) Members of the University Governing Council.
The following may use the Library for reference only:
(a) Graduates of the Lagos State University.
Borrowing of Library books is limited to academic staff only for now. The Library uses the Modified Browne Charging System to charge out its books to borrowers. By this, an academic staff will be issued four (4) borrower’s tickets at the point of registration to enable him borrow a maximum of four books at a time, for a maximum period of four weeks.
To borrow a book in the Library, a prospective borrower is expected to obtain some bibliographic data (i.e. the author, title, place and date of publication, publisher, ISBN, accession number, class mark and the subject tracings) of the book from the appropriate (online or manual) catalogue, identify and retrieve the book from the open shelves. He will take it to the circulation desk where he will be given some slips to complete. Each set of slips comes in quadruple copies. He will fill the slips and return the book and the slips to the assistant at the desk to complete the borrowing procedure. The date due will be stamped on both the slips and the book, the green slip will be handed over to the borrower along with the borrowed book. He will show both to the Porter on duty who will remove the slip and allow him to go with the borrowed book only.
This collection is placed behind the circulation desk. It houses core titles that are in short supply but on high and constant demand by users. This is to ensure that all readers have equal chance of reading them. Some expensive or rare books are also withdrawn from the open shelves and placed on reserve. Books are sometimes placed on reserve at the request of lecturers for consultation by their students or at the discretion of the University Librarian. Books here can be requested by filling the author and title of books plus the borrower’s name, signature, time out and time returned. Reserved books can be consulted for only two (2) hours after which they should be returned to the circulation desk.
Also, a book on loan or on order may be reserved by any reader when he completes a reservation slip. As soon as the book is available, the reader is duly informed and given three (3) working days within which to collect such a book, after which the book will be returned to the shelves through the circulation desk.
The following rules and regulations that are applicable to all categories of users must be observed at all Lagos State University Libraries:
a. All readers must enter and leave the Library through the main doors earmarked for these purposes. All other exits are illegal and will remain locked except during emergencies.
Readers are penalized for borrowed books not returned at the expiratory date. Overdue notices are sent twice to the reader who, after the second notice, is liable to an overdue fine of N20.00 per day for any book not returned for the first 15 days. Fines are increased to N50.00 after this time. In addition to the fines, such defaulters may be disallowed from borrowing any more books. These fines are subject to review from time to time.
Some borrowers have been known to hold on to Library books under the guise that they have not finished using them. This is wrong as it deprives others of the use of such books. It is advisable to return all borrowed books to the Library for renewal if nobody else requests for them.
If a borrower locates an item after these charges have been paid, the borrower may keep the item. The Library will not refund the money paid for lost materials.
The privileges to borrow from and use the Library will be denied to users who fail to clear outstanding charges. If such charges remain outstanding by the end of the session in which they are incurred, the University Librarian will make recommendations for further action to the appropriate committee of the University.
The University Library provides other vital services such as:
(ii) Legal Depository
(a) Taslim Olawale Elias Library
(b) Engineering Library
(c) Medical Library
(d) School of Communication Library, Surulere
The Library is an academic department. Detailed instruction and teaching in Library use is provided to undergraduates as part of the General Studies Programme. The following topics under course title GNS 101 are taught. It is a 2 unit course and it is compulsory for all new 100 Level and 200 Level students.
All professional librarians in the Library have academic status. They are fully involved in teaching and research. Like all academic staff, their promotions are largely determined by their research activities.
The Compendium of Academic Publications (LASU) and other sources confirm the research activities of the academic Library stated above.
Gifts of books and other donations are welcome from individuals and institutions. The Library is particularly interested in private papers of distinguished persons who have made significant contributions to development at the local, state or federal level.
The Library maintains a special collection of staff publications and reprints.
The National Universities Commission has recommended that at least 10% of the TOTAL university’s recurrent expenditure should be provided for Library services in universities.
The Committee of University Librarians agree that this is the minimum that should be made available to provide adequate Library services in a university. Of recent, additional 10% of internally generated fund (IGF) is also being canvassed; the table below shows the recommended percentages.
This is to ensure adequate funding of stocks and facilities in the Library.
Presently, Internet facilities are available to assist in research and teaching. Several databases and websites can be visited in the new postgraduate/ research room within the Library.
In rising to the challenge being posed by digital innovations, the Library has started acquiring CD versions of all textbooks. The CD collection covers all areas of Arts and Science. Presently over a hundred titles of textbooks, indexes and databases are available in the Library. It is hoped that the University will have a wireless network which will open staffs and students to the thrills and opportunities of a virtual world.
The following websites can be accessed from the Library: