Kwasu library was commissioned on the 6th of July 2019. Kwara State University (Kwasu), popularly called the World Class University, has on 6th July 2019 commissioned its main library complex project on the university’s main campus, Malete. The commissioning was done by the erstwhile Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Abdulrasheed Na’Allah who is now the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja.
He was joined by the General Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), representatives from the University of Ilorin and Alhikmah University and the Kwara State Deputy Governor for the grand opening.
The library complex was named the largest library in West Africa with today’s capacity for over 50,000 volumes and seating for over 2,000 persons. The ₦3 billion projects which were highly funded by the TETFund through her Special High Impact Intervention were projected and designed to cater to the university’s present and future needs. There are high-quality tools such as laptop computers, interactive displays, tablets to aid students learning capabilities.
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The design of the library building set out to be an iconic piece of architecture that strikes every mind as one of the unique landmarks of the university. The architectural design of the biggest library in West Africa features two distinct buildings; the Main Library and the Library Annex.
The architecture of Kwasu Library
The Main Library is packed with study spaces, seminar rooms, staff offices, Centre for Innovative Teaching and Research and the Centre for Documentation and Archiving while the Library Annex Tower accommodates spaces for learning based foundations and associations, research groups and technology hubs.
This project has shown the commitment of the university’s leadership to sit Kwasu as a World Class University as it is popularly referred to. A standard library is paramount to the realization of the purpose of any university which is to foster research productivity and create an engaging and enabling environment for study.
This view was supported by Professor Na’Allah who said, “Library is the heart of every university. Without a standard library, a university cannot achieve the pre-determined goals of its parent body.” He further commended the efforts of the professionals who saw to the actualization of the project. He as well appreciated TETFund for all the support given to the university since its inception in 2009. He concluded by welcoming Nigeria students to the library and advice them to make judicious use of the provided opportunity.