Book lovers will understand me, and they will know too, that part of the pleasure of a library lies in its very existence.
The Serials Section of the library is located on the ground floor, occupying a space of about 4564m2. It houses newspapers, magazines, seminar proceedings and journals that cut across various subjects which effectively serve the needs of the two colleges of the university i.e. Colleges of Science & Technology and College of Development Studies. Hard copies of journals are well over 791 titles with several volumes, both local and foreign, arranged on artistically well built steel display racks and over 40,000 electronic journals across various disciplines accessible from our online databases.
The serials section subscribes to Seven (7) daily and Two (2) weekly newspapers, Four (4) local and Five (5) foreign magazines. It operates open access to its collections to maximize user satisfaction. The need for a good newspaper and journal indexing in academic libraries is very imperative, this is owing to the fact that users of these libraries constantly refer to newspaper and journal back files and most times in a hurry. This has compelled the serials section to embark on newspaper and journal indexing since our goal is to meet, as fast as possible users information needs. Right now all our journal and newspaper articles are online and searchable in the library’s OPAC. This has helped in building the confidence of users in the ability of the library to meet their information needs.
To further enhance the worth of the serials section, Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI), are rendered where the users’ research profiles are matched with available resources, and the delivery of photocopied content pages of materials relevant to their research needs.
The library, according to S.R. Ranganathan is a growing organism. To this end, subscriptions are renewed annually for existing titles and orders are placed for new ones. The serials section of the Covenant university library is indeed a place for capacity building. It is highly conducive for research.