Brief History of the University Library
The Nasarawa State University Library came into existence in January 2002 when the Administration of governor Alhaji (Dr.) Abdullahi Adamu (Sarkin Yakin keffi & Area Obateru of the source) wisely decided to establish a University during the 2001/2002 academic year. The premises of the former school of preliminary studies which gave way to the College of Arts, Science and Technology are now accommodating the Nasarawa State University. Up till September 2002, the collection of CAST Library was used by NASU students. But the property of the defunct CAST were inherited by the Nasarawa State Polytechnic . Every thing, including library resources, furniture equipments and some staff were lost as of the date of final handover to the polytechnic in November 2002.
This is to say that the library started building its collection from accession number one. The new library opened its doors to the reading public on 3rd April, 2003. Aggressive acquisition was therefore embarked upon to build up the collection and also the space. At maximum capacity, the library could take up to 500 readers at a time and a book stock of 50 000 volumes. The building was restructured and renovated, properly furnished and equipped to serve the academic needs of the institution. It is on record that the library is lucky to have the attention of the authority that established it, in terms of funding.
By February/ March 2004 the library extended it services to the Faculties of Law and Administration in Pyanku Campus as well as Faculty of Agriculture in Lafia. All academic activities in any academic institution revolve around its library.
With the movement of Faculties from Pyanku to the main campus, the library now has 3 branches, main, Law and Agric libraries.
As the principal focus of information resources at the Nasarawa State University, it is the mission of the University libraries to advance the goals of the University by:
- Providing access to the information resources regardless of physical location.
- Collecting library materials in all formats to support course work, research and service.
- Preserving the collection for future research.
- Participating in a broad range of co-operative programmes to ensure access to materials not locally owned.
- Educating and assisting teaching staff, students and other staff in the identification and effective use of information resources.
- Exercising leadership, in cooperation with other campus units, in the management of scholarly information and utilization of information technology in the pursuit of academic goals.
The Nasarawa State University Libraries see a future where, keenly attuned to the distinctive needs of the academic community, they become an increasingly vital force in the University exercising leadership in identifying and acquiring information resources critical to Nasarawa State’s larger mission.
Employing professional expertise, interpersonal skills and appropriate technology, it provides un-complicated and swift access to needed resources regardless of location and assistance in their use.
To achieve this vision, it fosters an organizational setting that is open and involving , empowering and rewarding of talent, energizing and dynamic.
To justify the heavy investment on the library is strives to:
- Provide adequate materials in support of the learning process including materials for student’s background reading for essays, term papers and projects.
- Provide relevant materials to meet the requirements of faculty specialists, and researchers.
- Provide core materials to assist library users in their quest for self – development.
- Co-operation with other libraries through inter-library loans, to establish and develop a network of academic library resources which are at the disposal of all students and teaching staff.
The provision of materials is not only to meet immediate needs of students and faculty staff, but to help the university realize its strategic and long term objectives of training and graduate men and women who are academically, professionally and morally sound.