Students and staff of the University of Lagos can gain access with the university identification cards. However, the ID card does not serve as borrower’s card. Non-members of the university can gain access on presentation of a letter of introduction and valid identification card from their institution or employer. An admittance card would be issued following registration and payment of a required fee at the Main Library Circulation Desk.

Use the Traditional Card catalogue or the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). Each contains materials held by the Library. If you cannot find what you need in the catalogue, please seek assistance at the Circulation Desk.

Seek assistance at the Circulation Desk or from library personnel in the reading areas if you have difficulties locating a book on the shelf.

You may seek assistance of the Reference Librarian if the book you need is unavailable in the library. The library may request to borrow a copy of the item from another library via its Inter-Library Loan Service or purchase it.

There are several reasons you may not be able to check out a book. The most common are: 

  • The item is not loan-able. Examples of such items are print reference and other specialized materials are not loan-able. These items may be used within the Library only. 
  • You have not returned an item that is either overdue or has been recalled for another library user, or on reserves. If any of these reasons apply, please return the item as soon as possible. 
  • You owe fines or fees on overdue borrowed book (s). You are expected to make a payment towards the amount you owe, or pay the balance in full. 
  • Visit the Circulation Desk to report the problem, and seek assistance on how to remedy the problem.

Your Student identification card only grant you access to use the library, but you need your library card to check out or renew books. You may place a book on hold pending when you complete your library registration and present your library card to check out loanable items.

Visit the Circulation Desk at the Main Library, Faculty of Education Library or College of Medicine Library

University of Lagos Library Cards are non-transferrable. Your card will be confiscated if anyone other than yourself attempts to use your card to borrow library materials.

Undergraduates – 4

Postgraduates – 10

Staff – 10

Undergraduates may borrow for a period of 2 weeks and renew up to two (2) consecutive times, staff and postgraduates may borrow for 1 month and renew up to two times after the due date stamped on the book.

Visit the Circulation Desk to renew borrowed books.

You may renew items checked out to you up to two (2) times if no reservation is placed on the item.

You may not be able to renew a book if another user has placed a hold on it, or if it has been recalled for reserves. You may also be prevented from renewing a book if your borrowing privileges have been suspended for any reasons.

Submit your request at the Circulation Desk to place a recall on it.

No! Please do not re-shelf items, return them either to a marked shelving station or leave them lying on a table.

Library fines and charges varies. For overdue fines, students pay twenty naira per item for each day the item is late. While staff pay fifty naira per item per day after loan period of six months. If an item is lost, the library will accept replacement of the item(s) with recent edition(s) or charge replacement fee which is dependent on the current price of the item with additional processing fee of One Thousand naira (N1000.00).

Start the payment procedure at the Circulation Desk and make payment via Remita into the University account

Library policy is available on the library website

Yes, the Reference Librarian can introduce you to the most relevant print and electronic resources for your research.

Theses and Dissertation are housed in the Gandhi Library located at the basement of the Main Library.

Undergraduates can use all sections of the Library except the Gandhi Library which requires permission.

The Library subscribes to various electronic resources to support scholarship. Please visit the library website to access these resources or ask for research assistance from the Reference or Automation Librarian where necessary.

The library E-resources are Internet Protocol (IP) based due to license restrictions. However, staff and students of this University are granted access permission to use E-resources remotely. 

You do not need a password to access the library’s e-resources if you are using any device connected to the University Internet network system. For further enquiry about access to e-resources, please contact the Automation Librarian.

Yes! There are workstations in the E-library on the 3rd floor of the Main Library and the MTN Library adjacent the main library building.

Yes! The library is Wi-Fi enabled for those who wish to use personal devices. Please visit the Automation unit to secure login password.

Yes! Notebooks are available for loan at a fee at the Circulation Desk. 

Food and drinks are not allowed in the library.

No! Your mobile phone is expected to be on silence mode or switched off while in the library.

No! Your mobile phone is expected to be on silence mode or switched off while in the library.

All areas in the library may not be evenly heated or cooled. Try to find a comfortable area without adjusting the blowers of the library’s air conditioners.

Interact with the RoboScholar, library robots recently deployed to the library to provide quick real-time assistance or see the Reference Librarian