ABOUT THE LIBRARY
Historical Background of ‘Nimbe Adedipe Library, FUNAAB
The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB) is one of the three universities of agriculture established by the Federal government of Nigeria. UNAAB was established on January 1, 1988. It started its operation at a mini-campus at Isale-Igbein in the center of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State. The University later moved into its permanent site which is located some 20km away and shares a common boundary with the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority on the Abeokuta-Ibadan Road.
The university has a total population of around 17,256 students comprising of about 15,941 undergraduate and 1,315 postgraduate students. Faculty staff strength is around 592 and non-teaching is 1,742. The university was adjudged the best university in Nigeria in 2003 in the area of students/faculty staff ratio and research activities.
UNAAB, has passed through different stages of merging and de-merging until it finally evolved as UNAAB in January 1988. The library was later named ‘Nimbe Adedipe library to honour the first Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Nurudeen Olorunnimbe Adedipe. The ultra modern library building can accommodate 1000 users at a time. The total collection of books at present is 81,00 titles and 2,478 Journal volumes.
The library started its automation programme in 1994 when it acquired through a World Bank Project, an IBM personal computer and the TINLIB library software designed for four work stations. This was later upgraded to ten work stations. The library has since migrated from the DOS based TINLIB software to a more versatile windows based GLAS (Graphical Library Automated System) software with capability to operate 50 work stations within the library.
The Library later adopted a more user-friendly software; the Koha Integrated Library software which is updated daily and made accessible through the OPAC within and outside the library irrespective of users’ locations on campus. At present the OPAC is fully functional to access such books immediately.
The University acquired two CD-ROM database in 1998 to improve literature search and document delivery capacity in the library. The CD-ROM databases are CAB Abstracts on CD-ROM, 1992-2000 and TEEAL (The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library) CD-ROM, 1993-1996. Annual updates up to 2014/205 are available for users within the library and anywhere on campus. There are many other agricultural databases available for online and CD-ROM searching.
AT PRESENT …
The library has access to the followings electronic databases through subscription:
- TEEAL (The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library)
- AGORA (Access to Global On-line Research in Agriculture)
- HINARI (Health International Network Access to Research Initiatives)
- Nigerian University Libraries Consortium (NULIC) which provides access to EBSCO Host full text e- journals in virtually all subjects subscribed to by the Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE) of the University.
- OARE Databases
- Several CDs covering journal abstracts and full texts as well as books.
- The library has about 81,000 records in the Koha database.
Contact the Central (‘Nimbe Adedipe Library) and all College Libraries for passwords to these Databases.