The Library Department

The Library, Mountain Top University (MTU) is one of the four principal departments of the Institution. The Library was established along side the parent Institution. The University Librarian as the Administrative and Professional head, has full responsibility for the day to day administration and development of the department, and also reports to the Vice-Chancellor on matters affecting the Library. Other professional Librarians coordinate and supervise activities in various sections within the library system and report to the University Librarian.

The following are the sections available in the Library:

  • Acquisitions Section
  • Cataloguing Section
  • Readers' Services' Section
  • Reference Section
  • Serials Section
  • E-Library Section

Acquisition Section

The Acquisition section is in charge of Library Stock development. It seeks and enjoys the cooperation of Academic staff as well as students in its crucial task of stock building. Recommended titles for acquisition are usually forwarded to the Acquisition Librarian with approval from the University Librarian.

Cataloguing Section

The Cataloguing section takes care of getting the library materials ready for use of the library patrons by processing, cataloguing and classifying the materials. This section is "OUT OF BOUND" to non library staff.

Readers' Services' Section

This section consists of the Circulation Unit and Reserved Book Unit. The section is in charge of circulation of Library materials. It is the image maker of the Library. It oversees the general reading area as well as the Open Access Collection. This Unit deals directly with the Library patrons. Registration of Users, charging and discharging of books and other materials are carried out at this Unit. The Circulation Librarian and Library Assistants at this Unit are always around to assist with the various activities in this Unit.

Reserved Book Unit

This is a Unit under the Readers' Services section of the Library. Books placed in this Unit are books that are not in multiple copies but are always requested for by many Library users. Most of the books placed here are placed at the discretion of the Lecturers who would be referring their students to the books from time to time. Books placed in this Unit are therefore consulted on hourly basis so as to be able to go round all the Users. Books here cannot be borrowed like the ones in the Open Shelves.

Reference Section

The reference section provides reference services to staff, students and researchers. The reference section is headed by a Reference Librarian whose duty is to assist readers in getting information from the Library resources for study, research and teaching. This section renders the following services:

  1. Provides answers to specific enquiries
  2. Instructs readers on the use of the library and the catalogues, abstracts, indexes and local and Foreign University calendars.
  3. Guides users in locating materials
  4. Conducts an extensive literature search for library users with research of project proposals
  5. Provides inter-Library Services by issuing Letters of Introduction to registered members of the library to use other libraries when required materials are not available in this library.

Serials Section

The Serials section contains current and back issues of both foreign and local journals, magazines, newspapers, special collections such as Government publications, Inaugural Lecture Series, Rare books and other significant collections. To consult any journal, the reader must first consult the Serials Librarian who will check the Kardex in order to obtain the call mark and to know the holdings of the journal. Newspapers can also be read in this section of the library. After the materials have been received the reader is expected to register his name in the Serials Register on the type of materials to be consulted e.g. journal, or any other document and submit his library ticket. After use, he should sign off and retrieve his library ticket before leaving the section.


The E-Library of the University is located at the first floor of the library. Here library users have access to a wide variety of electronic resources (online repositories, online databases, e-journal sites where they can get information to assist them in their academic researches. The facility has 50 workstations, 25 of which are reserved for lecturers. With the e-Library, library users have biggest advantage of doing research online with immediate accessibility to information and access to huge databases in various fields. Online research also gives the researcher the advantage of being able to follow a hunch and look up information on the fly. The information can later be verified or discredited when researched in greater depth.

E-Library for staff & Students

General Reading Room – The General Reading Room is located at the first floor of the library Building. Other reading areas are on the first floor and the west wing of the Library. These reading rooms are created to accommodate more students especially during the peak periods i.e. examination period or other examinations organized by the university