University Librarian | Misbahu Naiya Katsina

Brief History of University Library

Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina was established in September 2006 then as KATSINA STATE UNIVERSITY with an initial intake of a little over 500 students at its temporary site within Campus of Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic. It was renamed UMARU MUSA YAR’ADUA UNIVERSITY before its official commissioning on 9th March, 2009. In 2009, it was commissioned by late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua at its present permanent site consisting of a Senate Building, three Faculties (Natural and Applied Sciences, Humanities, and Education) as well as a Central Library. A Law Library and a Medical Library branches have also been established, while a cozy Staff/Postgraduate Unit in the main building has also been set up.

The Library began its operations in January, 2007 at the UMYU temporary site, in a large reading room with a sitting capacity for sixty three users and a nucleus collection of textbooks, reference resources and supplementary reading materials to support the programs offered.

In January, 2009, the University Library moved into the present ultra-modern building with a seating capacity of over 1,000 users. Currently, the Library’s holdings are about 33,000 volumes including serials, collections, electronic journals, subscriptions, databases and official government publications in all the subject areas of programs offered by the University. It also has a major lending section which serves the entire University community. The University Library operates hybrid system which combines printed and electronic books, journals and other information resources. UMYU also has e-Libraries in order to boost network of information resources via the internet. The main and Faculty branch Libraries are therefore well equipped with e-facilities, in addition to print collections of reference sources, undergraduate research projects and other teaching materials.

Objectives of the Library:

As foremost the University Library has a mission to fulfill through the following objectives:

  1. Provide bibliographic information in print or non-print format to support the teaching, learning and research objectives of the University.
  2. Build a repository of research resources that will attract scholars and subsequently bridge the gap between academia and the community outside the University family.
  3. Position itself to promote academic inquisitiveness and stem the tide of low reading culture that has affected the present generation of studies.
  4. Use its ICT resources to complement the effort of the other units of the University to produce ICT literate graduates.

In promoting these objectives, our users are to note that, like other academic Library systems, UMYU library complex acquires resources and renders services in response to special needs of the academic community, or the individual user.

Using the Library:

Opening Hours:

8:00 am – 10:00 pm    -Mondays – Fridays

9:00 am – 1:00 pm      -Saturdays

8:00 am – 4:00 pm      -Vacation & Semester Break

Library Services:

The Services provided by UMYU Library include the following:

  1. Reference Services: to assist the users secure, access and use needed bits of information.
  2. Online Services: to enable users retrieve and or access information especially on real time basis, through the application of ICTs such as internet and UMYU networks.
  3. Reserve Book Services: to keep limited relevant copies of information resources for users, whenever needed.
  4. Current Awareness Services: to enlighten the Library users on the latest developments in their subjects of research.
  5. Photocopying and Binding Services: without necessarily breaking the copy right law and intellectually property rights, to secure the publications and elongate their life span.


The Library consists of the following sections:

  • Reference and Information services: This is the unit where users lodge their array of questions, information needs, and inquiries.
  • Serials Section: The Library acquired publications that are issued in successive parts. Examples are periodicals, magazines, journals, newspapers, annual reports, and series.
  • E-Library section: with e-library facilities comprising over 200 lap-top and Desk-top computers fully connected to the internet.
  • Special Collection Section: for collections of Arabic Language and Islamic Studies, as well as publications on and by Katsina or its people.
  • Reserve Section: for hard to find books placed on reserve for a user on a first come first served basis.

Library Catalogue:

A Library catalogue is an alphabetical arrangement of all the information resources available in a Library. It is a record of all books and non-books materials. Library catalogue hold entries on each and every information resources of Library and is often described as the key to the Library’s holdings.


  • Smoking, drinking and eating are not permitted in the Library.
  • On leaving the Library, readers must show books in their possession to the staff at the entrance.
  • It is an offence to take out of the Library a book which has not been properly issued to you.
  • Disciplinary action, including expulsion, will be taken against anyone found to have mutilated or stolen Library materials, including journals and books.
  • Valuables especially money and handsets kept in hand bags at the entrance of the Library are at owners’ risk.
  • The use of mobile phone is NOT allowed in the Library.
  • Students are not allowed to use their tickets to borrow books for another person.
  • No group of students shall be allowed to hold discussions in any part of the Library.
  • Sleeping and reservation of seat are strictly prohibited.
  • Student should not use e-Library facility to visit unauthorized websites such as pornographic, sporting, movies, games and Facebook.
  • Silence must be observed in and around the Library at all times.
  • Library users must not attempt to put books/journals back on the shelves once taken off the shelves, the books/journals should be left on the tables.

Book Fine and Loss:

Fines are charged for late return of borrowed books. Currently, staff and students are charged N20 per book, per day. Lost books attract an amount three times the cost of the original book.


Readers are required to obtain clearance from the Library on completion of their course or service before their clearance certificate can be signed.

UMYU Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is an online database of materials held by the Library. Its address anywhere on UMYU Campus is:


Staff Library Registration Form

Students Library Registration Form


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All bonafide member of the University:

  • Academic staff
  • Non-Academic staff
  • Postgraduate students
  • Undergraduate students
  • Sabbatical and Visiting staff


  • Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund)
  • Nigerian University Commission (NUC)
  • Committee of University Librarians of Nigerian Universities (CULNU)
  • Nigerian Library Association (NLA)  

Contact Address

University Library

Umaru Musa Yar’adua University

Dutsin-ma Road

P.M.B. 2218, Katsina

Katsina State, Nigeria

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Phone Number: 08082114572

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