The Adelola Odutola Law Library

The Adeola Odutola Law library, like other faculty libraries at the University of Ibadan houses a selective but basic level and balanced academic materials collection sufficient to support curricular offerings and foster an appreciation of the roles of subject disciplines in students’ socio-cultural and intellectual development and preparation to use knowledge in productive careers as determined by the faculty mission, goals and objectives. Material collections in the library include such resources as law dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, biographies, Law reports and other periodicals in various formats including print and electronic. Beyond the scope and content of the collection other factors as usability and currency also determine acquisition priorities.

The library is established to provide adequate information services in support of learning, teaching and research in the legal jurisdictions at the faculty of law university of Ibadan. The library which is a branch of the Kenneth Dike Library was moved from the main library to its present location in 1994 to ensure that prompt, effective and efficient library and information services are made available to students, teachers, and external users. The movement of the library was very much facilitated by late Chief Adeola Odutola, the philanthropist who donated the physical structure of the library. Hence it was named after him.


The Growth of the Library

Change is incontrovertibly central in the growth and development of any organization. Today, the rate of change in the technology arena is frequently the driving force for change at every level of information service delivery. As a dynamic information system, Adeola Odutola Law library is acquiescent to recent developments and changes in its approach to information service delivery. Since change represents a strategy to the achievement of goals, and not an end in itself, the library believes that targeted goals should represent the shared value of the institution and product of change which should be pursued with all sincerity.

In pursuance of meaningful change and the need to improve the research capacity of the individual academics and the? professional credibility of the faculty, and being aware of the fact that as users develop their information literacy skills and increase their reliance on the Internet as a research tool, it must constantly evolve and employ new technologies for information storage and dissemination so as to remain relevant and attractive, the library has integrated the virtual dimensions to library and information services. Following this developments, computers and databases relevant for legal research and education have been solicited and procured. This process is being much facilitated by the faculty through the prestigious Macarthur Foundation Grant. This you would agree with me is a giant stride in the right direction.

During Session:

Monday to Friday .8.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m. Saturday …8.00a.m.– 12 noon

Long Vacation:

Monday to Friday… 8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

The Library is open to all, members of the Faculty. Anyone else with serious reasons for using it may be admitted to use the library for study and reference purpose only. In all cases, the claims of scholarship and research are given first consideration.

All readers must be registered at the Circulation desk before they can make use of the library. Students are expected to register online and show evidence of their registration (receipt) to the circulation officer for proper registration. Registration is valid for the current academic year only, and must be renewed thereafter. Readers must produce their library ticket for registration in this library. After registration, readers are issued borrowers tickets which they are required to bring along with library ticket and University identity card as may be demanded at the point of entry. The library ticket and borrowers’ tickets are not transferable. Before leaving the University, each borrower must return all books on loan from the library and hand in all borrowers’ tickets. Failure to do so may result in delay in clearance

The Law Library contains several volumes comprising journal titles, law reports, textbooks, encyclopedia and dictionaries. These materials are arranged into the following:

(a)    Open Access (b) Reference (c) Reserve Book Collection.

(a)    Open Access:- These are materials that can be borrowed by users and these are mainly textbooks,

(b)   Reference:- These materials are, to be consulted inside the library. It is made up of journals, law reports, encyclopedia, and dictionaries.

(c)  Reserve Books: – These are to be consulted with the assistance of library staff. They are heavily used materials placed on reservation either at the Circulation area or in the Reserve Book Room.

(d) The virtual Library:- payment of fee may be required from the virtual library users for the sustainability of the printers and the computer. This is subject to approval by the appropriate authority.

The books and other materials are arranged by subject according to two Classification schemes Moys Classification Scheme for Legal Materials and Library of Congress Classification Scheme for others. Each work is given a class mark which indicates its subject and its place on the shelves. There is also a library catalogue that can help readers locate materials in the library. It is divided into author, title and subject. In other words, Readers can trace a book if they know only the name of the author or if they know just the title. With this arrangement users are also able to trace the books available in the library on a particular subject using the subject catalogue.

  1. How to Borrow a Book:

(i)    Ensure that the book is in good condition and that no pages are missing before taking it to the Circulation Desk.

(ii)   Open the inside back page to ensure that the date due slip is inside.

(iii)  Show your reader’s ticket and borrower’s card to the library assistant.

(iv)  Bring out the loan cards from the book pocket and fill in your names and    addresses correctly.

(v)   Ensure that the date due slip is stamped correctly to avoid embarrassment at the check points.

(vi)  Hand over your borrower’s ticket (one for each item).

(vii) Do not allow others to use your Borrower’s tickets.

The book now is in your keeping. It is important that the “date due” slip does not drop out of the book.

  1. Materials Available for Loan:

All books on Open access are available for loan.

III.     Undergraduate Students:

No undergraduate student may have more than four library items, whether of the same or separate works in his possession at any time.

 Duration of Loans:

The normal duration of loans is two weeks for undergraduates and one month for research and faculty staff. However, a loan may be renewed on application for one further period or a fortnight so long as no one else wants it. Teaching staff with special reasons for doing so may make requests for longer loan periods.

 Condition of Loan:

Materials available for loan are only lent on the strict understanding that:

  • They must be returned immediately on demand from the library.
  • They are subject to scrutiny at the security check points at the entrance to the Library
  • All books borrowed should be returned before a reader goes on leave or leaves Ibadan.
  • Retaining library materials beyond the date due or mutilating library materials in any form constitutes serious offence liable to severe disciplinary action.


  • Fine at the rate of One naira per day must be paid for each day a book is overdue.
  • Books lost or damaged should be reported immediately and paid for at the estimated cost of replacement.
  • All cases of stealing, mutilation or defacing of books will be regarded as serious offences while offenders will be dealt with severely.
  • Food items including chewing gum and water are not allowed inside the library.
  • The Law Librarian reserves the right to suspend or withdraw all library privileges from anyone who contravenes library regulations and to report such cases to the appropriate University authorities for further disciplinary action.

VII.          Enquiries:

General enquiries should be directed to the Security Officers or to the Library assistants at the Circulation desk. For more specialised information or reference enquiries, ask to see the Law Librarian.

VIII.        Past Examination Papers:

A collection of past examination papers of this faculty is available at the Circulation Desk for reference use only.

 Holiday Loans:

Undergraduates resident in Ibadan can apply to the Law Librarian for loan of two books at a time for the usual loan period.

Inter-Library Loan:

If you require an item which is not held by the library, it can usually be obtained for you from another library. Please direct inter-library loan requests to the Law Librarian who will notify the reader on the receipt of the material.