Since academic development is seriously dependent on the quality of the Library, Babs Fafunwa Library can boast of a building that is imposing and that, for years to come, will be most suitable and adequate for all forms of expansion that are bound to take place as the Institution grows in number of academic programmes, staff and students. Presently the Library can conveniently sit 1,000 users. The holdings of the Library have also increased from 3,000 at inception to over 30,000.
Mission of the Library
Babs Fafunwa Library serves and promotes the teaching, learning and research environment where information resources are made accessible for those who are engaged in the pursuit of knowledge and excellence in teaching, learning and research. The Library primarily supports its parent organization; a student-centered and research-based teacher training higher education institution through provision of Library and information services.
This is done by:
- Selecting and acquiring relevant Library materials;
organizing and providing access to information resources in print and electronic formats;
- Providing facilities and services to all Library users;
- Meeting instructional and research needs of the College’s community of Library users; and
- Providing information literacy training to all Library users and encourage self-reliance in selection and use of information resources.
- In order to meet its objectives, Babs Fafunwa Library organises its collections in one main library and two extensions attached to the main library.
Due to the growing dependence on online and electronic sources of information, the library has embarked on various efforts to promote trends that can bring rapid development to services and library resources in line with global academic library standards. The Library has also employed the benefits of open access initiatives to subscribe to the following open sources free of charge. These include:
· Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (Agora) - The database provides access to over 948 public scientific Journals in agriculture and related fields. It is being led by the FAO and it is available on http://www.agora.com;
· Program for the Enhancement of Research in Information (PeriI)
PERII is an initiative made by researchers and Librarian in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It provides access to journals, databases and articles across a wide range of disciplines. PERII hosts full text journal sets and database from the following on- line sources:
a) Scitation Library Services –: www.librarians.scitation.org
b) Ingenta Connect- www.ingentaconnect.com
c) SPIE Digital Library - www.spiedigitallibrary.org
d) Royal Society Journals on-line - www.royalsocietypublishing.org
e) Annual Review - www.arjournals.com
· Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Since 1929 The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America has been the leading source of theoretical and experimental research results in the broad interdisciplinary subject of sound. The Journal serves physical scientists, life scientists, engineers, psychologists, physiologists, architects, musicians, and speech communication specialists;
· African Journals Online (AJOL) This provides access to tables of contents and abstracts of over 430 African journals with 90% of articles having their full text available for download;
· American Chemical Society American Chemical Society is the leading publisher of peer-reviewed research journals in the chemical and related sciences, serving scientific communities worldwide through an unparalleled commitment to quality, reliability, and innovation. Access is to over 35 high quality and impactful journals;
· American Institute of Physics: AIP publishes 12 journals, 2 magazines and a conference proceedings series. AIP's citation platform hosts over 2 million articles from more than 200 scholarly publications for 28 earned society publishers;
· National University Commission Virtual Library: It provides access to journals, databases and articles across a wide range of disciplines. NUC Virtual Library hosts full text, journal sets and database from all disciplines.
· American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE): ASABE Technical Library includes a range of content including journals, textbook materials, monographs, standards and proceedings as well as the important reference in work-in progress and design topics.
· AnnualReviews: Annual Reviews publicationsprovides primary research literature in 37 different disciplines for Biomedical, Life, Physical and Social Sciences. Year after year, Annual Reviews publications earn the highest impact factors according to the ISIÂ® Journal Citation Reports (JCRÂ®).
· Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh University Press publishes over 30 journals across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
· Emerald Group Publishing Ltd: Emerald Management features 140 Business and Management journals while Emerald Engineering eJournal Collection, features 19 Engineering journals. All of full text journals plus reviews from the world's top 300 management journals are full searchable.
· HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme: HINARI Programme set up by World Health Organisation (WHO) in conjuction with major publishers around the world. It enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature as it provides about 11,400 journals (in 30 different languages), 18,500 e-books, and 70 other information resources on health related areas.
· Royal Society: This comprises seven leading international journals from the Royal Society; the UK's national academy of science. Titles cover the whole of the Biological and Physical Sciences, and the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, the longest running continuously published journal in the world.
· Sage Publications: Over 550 journals in the Business, Humanities, Social Sciences as well as Science, Technology and Mathematics.
· SPIE Digital Library: The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Digital Library is the most extensive resource available on optics and photonics, providing unprecedented access to more than 270,000 technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present. More than 17,000 new technical papers are added annually.
· World Bank e-library: The World Bank e-Library is an electronic portal to the World Bank's full-text collection of books, reports/working papers, journals and other documents on social and economic development. It is the most comprehensive collections in the area and it brings together, in PDF format, a fully indexed and cross-searchable database of 6,000+ titles, as well as every new title as it becomes available in print. In addition, subscribers have access to information not available in print. eLibrary is fully searchable by subject, region, keyword, title, author, abstract, or year of publication.
· Size of the Library: The College Library operates in three separate but joined buildings. That is the Main Library and the two Library Extensions. The Main Library covers an area of 791.6m2, while the extension is 461.5m2 totaling 1,253.1m2. However, the Main library has further been expanded to provide additional seating capacity for about 400 readers.