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UNIJOS Inaugurates Library

Posted: May 4, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos, Prof. Hayward Mafuyai, has said the institution needs N1.5 billion to build a modern library at its permanent site.

Mafuyai, who spoke when he inaugurated the remodeled Bauchi Road Campus library of the institution, said the modern library would be ranked as one of the best in the world when completed.

The library was remodeled after it was gutted by fire in 2013.

He said he had since inaugurated a committee to go round first generation universities and outside the country toward arriving at a model library for the university.

“We charged them not to limit themselves to what they can see, but also to be futuristic so that the library will stand the test of time,’’ he said.

He said the committee’s report indicated that the institution would require more than N1 billion for the project while more money would be required in view of fresh developments.

The VC said the new library would have both e-library and printed books component to enhance teaching and learning.

“What you are seeing today is just a little of what we are doing in the Naraguta Campus which is the permanent site, as we intend to give our students and staff the very best.

“The new library concept is different from the old styled libraries where people reading are compelled to remain completely silent while they read. “We hope to create an open space where students can discuss, have some liberty and enjoy some other interactions while they are reading,’’ he explained.

Mafuyai said the school had increased its budget to get more current books while the old ones were removed to where people could access them on request.

In his remarks, Dr Stephen Akintunde described the library as the heart of the university.