UNIVERSITY LIBRARY PROFILE
Cross River University of Technology library occupies a prominent position in the management of University Education. The library was established on the same date as its parent institution through a merger policy backed by the passage of Bills No.9 of 2002 and No. 6 2004 (as amended by the Cross River State House of Assembly) in line with its mission, vision and philosophical statements. As a hub for academic activities, the library basically exists to support the teaching, learning, research and recreational needs of the University community. The library provides materials for undergraduate, instructions, acquires current reading materials relevant to the academic programmes of the university, offers professional advice on all library matters to the University, educates the University community of the services of the library, and develops human resource that will effectively use the stock of materials in the library for the benefit of the entire university community and society.
As the University came into existence, the library inherited the entire holdings of the former Polytechnic, and Ibrahim Babangida College of Agriculture Libraries. Being a multi-campus University, it has four campus libraries and each campus’ holdings is peculiar to the academic programmes in its campus.
Calabar campus library is the headquarters and houses the office of the university librarian.Its collection is dominated by materials in the Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Communication Technology and Education.Obubra campus library stocks materials in the Agricultural Sciences and Forestry. Ogoja campus library is dominated by materials in the Management Sciences, Humanities, Hospitalityand Tourism. Okuku campus library stocks books in the medical sciences.
The CRUTECH library boasts
1. A total stock of over one hundred and eighty thousand materials including books, journals and reference texts.
2. Readers’ services Division made up of cordial and friendly staff ready to help users register, find shelves and books they intend consulting and borrow books for home reading.
3. Research, Serials and Reference section
4. A Bindery thattakes care of and refurbishes torn books. Students’ projects are also bound here at moderate cost.
5. A Reprography sectionwhere documents are Photocopied and reproduced.
6. A fully equipped and functional E-library with a total siting capacity of over one hundred and fiftycomputers. The E-Library subscribes to several online libraries including Questa, the Research4life quartet of HINARI, AGORA, OARE and ARDI.
For the effective administration and running of the University Library, there is the
University librarian’s Office: This office coordinates, directs and supervises the operation of all the campus libraries. It also performs administrative functions of the whole Library, with policyand decisions making.
Office of the campus Librarian: This office handles the administration of the immediate campus Library.