The NINLAN Library will provide you with its resources, programmes and services to support your learning, teaching and research. The Library has staff who are committed to creating an enabling environment to support cutting-edge research and high-quality academic work.
I invite you to familiarize yourselves with the library resources and services. Best wishes for a successful and fulfilling library and academic experience at the National Institute for Nigerian Languages.
NINLAN Library system
The National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN) Library was established by Decree 117 of 1993. This Decree otherwise known as the National Institute for Nigerian Languages Act empowers the Institute to erect, provide, equip and maintain a library. Further, the Library is expected to help the Institute to fulfill its mandate. The Institute is a Centre for the exchange of information in the study of Nigerian languages and a Research Centre for the teaching and learning of Nigerian languages. The Institute is to compile, assemble and publish the results of researches into Nigerian languages. From its objectives and functions as contained in Decree 117, A.1589 (2 a & b); A.1591 (7 a i), NINLAN is expected to produce Nigerian language teachers at Certificate, Diploma and Degree levels. The Decree further allows the Institute to run courses in Nigerian languages beyond first degree.
The NINLAN Library collections cover every work written in or about Nigerian languages (major or non-major). The legal depository rights help to ensure that this is achieved. Specifically, the library holds books in all areas of theoretical linguistics, African linguistics and Nigerian linguistics. The Library holdings also include books on grammar, dictionaries, all genres of oral and written literature as well as books on criticisms, stylistics, language education and general education books.
Sections of the Library
The Library has the following sections;
Technical Processing Section
Serials and Special Collections Section
This Section is in charge of library stock development. It often engages academic staff and students in the onerous task of collection building by requesting them to recommend books for purchase and journals for subscription. The recommended titles are forwarded through the Acquisition Librarian to the Institute Librarian.
Technical Processing Section
This Section is responsible for getting library materials ready for use by processing, cataloguing and classifying them. The Section is usually out of bound to non-library staff.
This Section oversees the circulation of library materials, the general reading area and the open access collection. Other important activities in the Section include registration of users, borrowing and returning of books, reservation of books for users, recall of books from users and replacement of lost library cards. The Section also serves as the public relations unit or the image maker of the Library.
This Section provides reference resources and services to staff, students and researchers. The Reference Librarian assists library users in getting information from the library resources for teaching, learning and research.
Serials and Special collections Section
This Section contains back and current issues of foreign and local journals, newspapers, magazines and special collections such as Government publications, lecture series, rare books, project works, convocation lectures, and other important collections.
This Section helps library users to do research online with immediate access to online databases, online repositories, e-books, e-journals and open access journals in different academic disciplines. It holds over 100 workstations for use by staff and students.
Vision of the Library
To make the Institute Library ICT-driven and provide services based on global best practices and standards. Central to the realization of this vision includes development of comprehensive library collections in all formats; providing links to full-text databases and open access journals in all the core programmes of the Institute, development of e-library, automation of the Library and development of a user-friendly Library portal. The core values of the Library include openness, integrity, accessibility, reliability and responsiveness.
Our current opening hours are:
Monday Friday Open: 08:00am Close: 22:30pm
Saturday: Open: 08:00am Close: 18:00pm
Senior staff members
Cyprian.I.Ugwu (Ph.D) Institute Librarian
Francisca Ikoro Senior Lecturer
Ibrahim Musa- Graduate Assistant
Non-academic staff (Senior staff)
Sylvanus Anthony Denham Senior Library Officer
Emeka Emmanuel Grace Deputy Chief Secretarial Assistant
Solomon Ehiwario Senior Administrative Officer
Emeka Nna Mbuko Senior Administrative Officer
Ngoli Helen Awele Senior Executive Officer
Enwereji Glory Lebechi Higher Library Officer
Anyasi Stella O Higher Executive Officer
Emos Fidelia Ngozi Clerical Supervisor
Care of books
No book is to be allowed to be written in, torn, cut or damaged.
Any damage to a book prior to borrowing should be reported to the library staff.
Pictures or figures should not be traced from any library material.
Readers and borrowers are held responsible for any damage to library material in their care and is required to pay the appropriate cost for such damaged of library material.
Borrowers should report at once the loss of any book, and if it is not found, the borrower pays for the lost book.
No phone calls in the Library.
Silence is to be observed at all times within the precincts of the Library.
Smoking is forbidden in all parts of the Library.
Readers are not allowed to come to the Library with food or drink.
Hand bags, laptop bags, raincoats, umbrellas, gowns, etc must be deposited at designated places or with the library staff at the Circulation. Please note that the above items are deposited at the owners risk and the Library disclaims responsibility for either loss or damage to any items so deposited.
All offensive weapons as well as firearms are not allowed into the Library.
No seat in the Library shall be reserved by or for any reader. This means that any seat so reserved shall be cleared by the library staff for use by others.
The Library can recall any book borrowed by a user. Any book recalled shall be returned within 72 hours, or fines shall be imposed after three days.
Any library book to be taken out of the Library shall be inspected by the library staff.
All borrowed materials must be returned two days to the end of each semester.
All users must enter the Library with library cards.
Orderly conduct and absolute tranquility must be maintained at all times in all parts of the Library.
Offences and sanctions
The offences and sanctions are as follows:
Failure to return borrowed materials on due date. The offender shall pay a fine of N50.00 per day plus loss of borrowing rights till the books are returned.
Loss or misplacement of books and related materials. The offender shall pay twice the price of the book including shipping and landing charges, plus a processing charge of N2, 000.00.
Unlawful acquisition of library material/ stealing. A report shall be made to the Executive Director and the Registrar for appropriate sanctions to be instituted against the offender. In addition, the offender will not be allowed into the library until their case is determined
Mutilation of library books and related materials. A report shall be made to the Executive Director and the Registrar for appropriate sanctions to be instituted against the offender. In addition, the offender will not be allowed into the library until their case is determined.
Failure to return books when recalled. The offender shall pay over due fines, plus loss of borrowing right until the borrowed books are returned.
Core library collections
NINLAN Electronic journal
Password based resources
IP based resources
Open access books and journals
Core library collections (CLC)
The CLC is a collection of selected and current textbooks including journal tittles covering all subjects taught in NINLAN. As much as possible multiple copies of these materials are housed in the Library.
NINLAN Electronic Journal
This is the online store for collecting, preserving and disseminating in digital form of all the NINLAN journal publication outlets.
Open Access Books and Journals
The NINLAN Library services are:
Ask a librarian live chat
Article request service
Library request for literature search
Current awareness service
The Library provides photocopying service that enables users to photocopy pages of library materials and personal documents. Our charges are affordable and neat work is assured.
The Library organizes workshop on how to use the library catalogue, online databases and other resources. Further, user education in the Library takes the form of the orientation programme for first year students at the start of a new academic year.
Article request service
This service is only available to current NINLAN students, faculty and staff. The student or staff requesting for this service must provide the library with the following information:
Name, student/ staff ID no, e mail, telephone or mobile phone number, status and faculty as well as the authors(s), title of journal, year, volume, page no of the article.
Library request for literature search service
This service is available to potential and actual users of the NINLAN Library. The candidate for the service must provide their contact details as well as their proposed research topic. This information must be forwarded to the Institute Librarian (email@example.com) .
Current awareness service
Electronic article delivery
Article alert service
List of new arrivals online
New additions alert service
Electronic indexes alert service
Electronic reserves alert service
Databases by subject
NINLANCat is the National Institute for Nigerian Languages Online Catalogue. It lists books and project works in the Library.
Database by subject (Free online databases)
This database will cover all subjects taught at NINLAN. There will be alphabetic listing of these subjects, and within each subject, the databases will be listed. Examples are:
Scientific Electronic Journal Online (ScieLO)
Public Library of Science (PLOS)
De Grupter Open
CIA World Factbook
Open Library of Humanities
The NINLANSpace is the National Institute for Nigerian Languages digital collections. It is also known as the institutional repository of NINLAN. It serves as the open access electronic archive or library for the collection, preservation and dissemination of the intellectual output of NINLAN in a managed environment.
Search Engine Reports
Small SEO Tools
Reference management software makes it easier for you to cite materials that you consulted for your assignments project work, thesis and dissertation. The library helps students and staff to install the following software in their laptops
Research commons (RC)
Knowledge commons (KC)
24- Hour reading Room
Information Access center (IAC)
The Library hopes to provide the following spaces in the nearest future
Research commons (RC): This is a technology equipped research environment intended for exclusive use by faculty, graduate students and researchers.
Knowledge commons (KC): This is a computer laboratory for undergraduate students to assist them in their studies.
Information Access Center (IAC): This consists of training lab, a computer lab and seminar rooms. The facilities are for the use of the Institute community, other educational institutions and the general public. A valid ID will be required to use the computer lab.
There will be a 24-Hour reading room in the Library.
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