Oluranti S. A.

Oluranti S. A.



The Library and Documentation Unit of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) Ibadan established in 1957 is the oldest Agricultural Library in the country. The Library which grew out of the Western Region Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MANR) is a special academic library because of its specific collections in the areas of agriculture and other related fields.

The establishment of the library pre-dates the existence of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) Obafemi Awolowo University. It evolved from the Research Division and the Schools of Agriculture and Animal Health of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MANR) of the former Western State of Nigeria. The institute’s charter was signed by the then Military Governor of the Western state and the Vice- Chancellor  of the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University on 1st April, 1969. At the inception, the library consisted of the Main library at the Institute headquarter at Moor Plantation, Ibadan Oyo State and the branch library at the school of Agriculture now Federal College of Agriculture  Akure, in Ondo State


Aims and Objectives

The main objective of the library is to provide all necessary literature and information in the area of Agriculture and allied subjects, to the research scientists, lecturers and students of the two Federal Colleges of Agriculture and Animal Health and Production Technology and the world at large.

Aims and objectives are:

  • To select and acquire print and non-print information resources that are relevant to the Institute mandate.
  • To process, store and maintain information needed for easy access, retrieval and dissemination to our users.
  • To provide personalized and timely information.
  • To provide inter-library cooperation/network within and outside the country, especially through the E-Library.
  • To develop a computerized and in-house database of publication.
  • To acquire electronic books and make it available to our teaming researchers remotely through an intranet.

Sections/ Services in the Library

  1. Reference Section:

The Unit is established basically to provide reference services to readers. The focal point of this Unit is to provide timely information needs of library clientele to satisfy their:

*  Current Awareness needs

*  General Reading needs

*  Quick reference needs

*  Use of library guide and assistance




  1. Serial Services/Periodical Section:

The unit provides information to library clientele where needed information can be found in journals, magazines, serial or occasional publications, annual reports, reprints, newsletters, indexing, abstracting and bibliographic compilations.  Over the years the unit has provided access to back issues and current volumes of periodicals arranged sequentially in alphabetical order of title. The library is making concerted efforts to improve on the existing collections in the Serial Section put at  Twenty Three Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty-Seven ( 23, 567).



Table . Serial Section Collection

Total Reference Book Total Journal Titles Total  Journals Volumes Total Copies of Journals Total Abstracts & Index Total No. of Annual Reports
910 812 4,191 17,191 433 122

The total Collections in the Serial Section is Twenty Three Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty-Seven ( 23, 567)


iii. Circulation Section:

The unit is located at the entrance of the library building as the lending outlet and public service point of the unit. It is the first point of call to visitors and regular users of the Library.  Routine involves, effective charging and discharging of book borrowed/ returned and payment of fines

Other services include:

  • User registration
  • Book reservation
  • Book renewal
  • Maintenance records
  • Statistical analysis
  1. Technical Section

The unit engages in maintenance of technical routines and behind the scene activities that enables prospective users experience the library services. The Technical Section is located at the first (1st) floor of the library and over the years has seen to –

  • i). Selection: Careful selection of materials to be acquired by the library based on the subject background of research scientists, student populace, general public and the mandate/mission statement of the Institute.


  • ii). Acquisition: Purchasing materials like books, journals, reference sources and electronic resources for the library.
  • iii). Organization: Publication cannot be accessed except they are well organized. The total collection in the Library is organized through cataloguing and classification and over fifty thousand 50,000 publications have been accessioned, catalogued and classified for easy access, identification, retrieved and used.
  • iv). Preservation: Activities include library binding of Serials and monographs, repair of damaged /mutilated materials, preservation, photocopying and conservation treatments through fumigation.


Oluranti S. A.