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  • To provide for the nation a source of intellectual support and stimulus for advancement in all fields of human endeavour, particularly in academic, social, cultural, scientific and technological enterprise.
  • To provide comprehensive and rich collection for reference and research in all fields within and beyond the nation's physical boundaries, and
  •  To ensure for the nation a place in the community of nations which depend on knowledge and original ideas for survival.


  • Legal Deposits
  • Bibliographic Control Services
  • Court Subpoena and Summons
  • Issuance of ISBN, ISSN, ISMN
  • Production of National Bibliography of Nigeria (NBN)
  • Establishment and maintainance of a branch of the National Library of Nigeria in each state
  • Readership Promotion Campaign (RPC)
  • Book Gifts and Exchanges
  • Virtual Library Services – ICT, Content Development, Internet Services
  • Provision of Reference and Document Delivery Services
  • Publication of Catalogues, Classification tools, indexes and Seminar Research Aids
  • Maintenance of Cataloguing Standards
  • E-Resources – i.e EBSCO
  • Promotion of Research in the field of Library and Information Science
  • Library Development, Consultancy and Technical Services
  • Exhibitions and Displays
  • Development, Maintainance and sustainance of the Online National Union Catalogue (ONUC) and Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)