The library is the heart and life-line of any citadel of learning. The quality of teaching, learning and research is predicated on the robustness of the availability, accessibility and utilization of library and information resources. Libraries have been the repositories of the wisdom of mankind throughout the ages. They are the source of education inspiration and intellectual food on which lecturers, researchers, administrators and students are nourished.
The library in Covenant University is known as “Centre for Learning Resources” (CLR). The Covenant University library has fully computerized all routine activities and can boast of a functional virtual library service, which gives staff and students, access to the Web Public Access Catalogue (WebPAC), and other electronic resources from offices, departments wherever there is a web browser anywhere in the globe and anytime.
The library complex is an edifice with three floors, reputed to be one of the largest in Africa. The total floor area of the complex is 11,300m/2. It is designed as an imposing glass structure, which portrays learning as the major activity in the University. It is strategically located amidst the college buildings, the University Chapel and the Halls of Residence. It is able to accommodate up to 3000 readers and about 500 researching staff and postgraduate students.
To become a world-class and reference Resource Centre in support of teaching, learning, research and scholarship geared towards capacity building, in the quest of raising a new generation of leaders.
- Build, maintain and preserve diverse information resources to support teaching, learning and research
- Provide life-long learning skills to our patrons
- Offer qualitative services to the university community and other external scholars
- Provide digital innovations for access to global information network
- Provide aesthetic user-friendly learning environment that situates the library as the hub for all academic and research activities in the university
- To ensure cutting-edge deployment of ICT in library and information services
- Pioneering Excellence in Library and Information Services Delivery
- Achieving cutting Edge Practices
- Producing Quality Students and Prolific Researchers
- Achieving Staff Engagement in the Vision Implementation
- Community Impact
- The acquisition, organization and dissemination of first rate library materials
- Preservation and conservation of the collection for future generations.
- Developing highly motivated, knowledgeable and skilled professionals.
- Ensuring cost effective management of Library resources
Electronic Databases and Online Journals
The university library provides access to electronic databases such as EBSCO, JSTOR, AGORA, HINARI, OARE and Science Direct as well as NUC virtual library. These databases permit access to over 40, 000 electronic journals across all disciplines thus, creating an enhanced resource-base for teaching, learning and research in the university.
Besides the computers in the offices, laboratories and the cyber cafes in the university, the library provides 40 state-of-the art laptops in the E-library for access to electronic resources. It is fully air-conditioned, typical of Covenant University environment, with high speed internet connectivity, printers, projector webcam facilities, CDROM facilities. This permits research student and staff to:
- Access Electronic Books and Journals
- Access other web-based literature
- Conduct online literature searches for their projects/theses, seminar presentation and other related assignments.
- Access collection of other reputable libraries. Provide opportunity for tele-conferencing and online discussion groups.
Wireless access points
Wireless hot spots exist in the library, the laboratories, wireless LAN enabled devices ranging from laptops, desktops fitted with wireless cards and handheld devices connect seamlessly to both the intranet and internet.
Internet access to the library is provided using fiber optic cables. The Internet Service is very functional, accessible to users 24hours in a week (Saturdays and Sundays inclusive). University library website exists featuring regularly the library electronic bulletin.
Web Public Access Catalogue (WebPAC)
Unlike most libraries in Africa with their catalogues held in cabinets containing catalogues cards, there is no single card catalogue in the Center for Learning Resources. Cataloguing details are digitized and made accessible through several networked computer workstations within the campus and anywhere else in the world. CLR has 68 computers and has installed a proven library software package, MILLENIUM, equipped with Raid servers (3.0 GHZ processor) and a number of PCs distributed in a LAN within different sections of the library. This system is used to create bibliographic databases, for acquisitions, cataloguing, circulation, serials control, CAS and SDI services.
Materials are checked-in and checked-out by scanning barcodes into the computer systems. This automatically updates user’s loan file and data. Renewal of books is either by phone or at the circulation desk. Profile of all authorized users and their passport photographs are usually captured digitally using MILLENIUM registration module.
Online Referencing Services
The reference section is situated on the ground floor of the magnificent library building. It show cases current reference materials across various disciplines aimed at meeting the learning, teaching and research needs of both students and faculty. In order to apprise users with relevant resources and meet their information needs, the reference section engages in Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI), a platform for rendering online reference services using the electronic mail address; firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. To further drive users’ participation in enhancing reference services, the section has a blog with the website address www.clrsdiforum.blogspot.com and two facebook pages www.facebook.com/CentreForLearningResources and www.facebook.com/CLRSDIforum acting as a social network mechanism where meaningful contributions to queries are entertained. It also serves as an avenue for answering users’ inquiries individually or collectively.
This section is located on the first floor of the library. It is tastefully equipped with large screen Omatek Television, DSTV, DVD and VHS players, giant-size LG air-conditioner, and 5 different sets of settees. This section provides access to educational video documentaries, CNN, TBN and other information bearing networks. It is a blend of recreation and learning hence the term “escapist reading”.
Spiritual & Leadership Development Section (SLD)
In pursuit of the mandate of the University in raising a new generation of leaders, a section in the library called Spiritual & Leadership Development section (SLD) was established for leadership and spiritual development. Audio visual facilities are provided in the form of televisions, videotapes, audio tapes VCDs. Etc. It is enriched with resources to enable the university achieve the mandate of the total man concept (TMC).
Reprographic and Bindery Services
Photocopying services are available to all users at a reasonable rate. This involves both enlargement and reduction of font sizes. The digital photocopiers have embedded a print option, which converts information from electronic format to text. There is also in place a functional bindery, which undertakes binding and repair of worn-out books.