Collection Development Section

Mission and Vision Statement of the Collection Development Division  

Vision: Our vision as a unit is to assist the University, through the provision of very qualitative resources, to enable it to attain a functional, global competitive and research focused University that will provide a world class educational knowledge to members of the society as envisioned.

Mission: The mission of the Collection Development Division is to acquire all types of resource materials that are necessary for teaching, learning and research in the Plateau State University, Bokkos. These include print and electronic Books, Journals, Monographs, Reports, Magazines, Theses and Dissertations, Pamphlets, Digitized resources, Audio and Visual Recordings, CD ROM, DVD etc. useful for academic excellence.

The Division liaises with the Departments and faculties to ascertain their needs. It sources funds from the University Bursary to procure needed stock. It appeals to Donor Agencies, Publishers, Foreign Embassies and friends of the University for Solicited Gifts and Donations. The Division engages in exchange of publications with local and foreign partners. Resources thus acquired are added to the existing Library stock to rejuvenate her holdings in all fields of study. These will assist the University in promoting her core values.

Circulation Unit

Fuctions of the Circulation Unit

  • The registration of library users
  • Lending materials to library users
  • Checking materials returned
  • Monitoring materials for damage and recommending them for repair or replacement where necessary
  • Clearance of graduates and retired or severed staff
  • The keeping of statistical records for specific library services done in the section.
  • Maintenance of library shelves.

Reference Section

Functions of the Reference Section

  • Provides assistance or instruction in the use of basic reference sources
  • Provides online and email search services.
  • Assists patrons in identifying library materials needed to answer a question.
  • Provides brief and factual answers to questions that can be quickly located.
  • Makes referrals to institutions which have materials the library lacks.
  • Keeps statistics of usage of reference materials.
  • Renders information literacy programmes for library users.

Bibliographic Control Section

Functions of the Bibliographic Control Section

Vision Statement: To make the Bibliographic Control Unit of Plateau State University Library function effectively and efficiently by adopting standardized indexing as a means of access point.

Mission Statement: The overriding objective of the university Library is to make information resources accessible to her patrons in order to fulfill the role of supporting the parent institution in achieving the basic objectives of teaching, learning and research.

In view of the above, the mission statement of the Bibliographic Control Unit of Plateau State Library is to:

  • Index Newspaper/Magazines using Library of Congress Subject Headings to control the subject index term in form of standardized indexing.
  • Create access points for visibility through organization and indexing of information resources for library users.
  • Upload and edit library resources in KOHA and DSPACE environment.
  • Create a friendly environment for our library users, by putting their services in the fore-front of our job.


Bindery Section

Functions of the Bindery Section

Mission Statement: The Mission Statement of the Plateau State University Library Bindery Unit is to place the Bindery Section and its activities in the forefront of the library research and development, innovation, knowledge transfer and human resources development in the technical knowledge of the library to the core values in promoting the dignity of binding profession.


Vision Statement: The Vision Statement of the Bindery Unit of Plateau State University Library is to create a functional, productive and model-focused unit of the library as a centre of learning and research and to make it responsive to the needs of the members of staff, the departments, the university and the society as a whole while delivering the assigned technical and administrative responsibilities.

The services of the Bindery Section include:

  • General Book Binding for the library, other departments, offices of the University, Institutes and individuals of the University Community and beyond.
  • Cutting of catalogue cards for both the library and its patrons’ use.
  • Training of students of Library and Information Sciences on industrial Training (IT) under the SIWES programme to update their practical knowledge in the area of book binding and preservation.
  • Lamination of paper and documents like certificates, identity cards, etc., for the individual within the University Community and beyond.
  • Daily shelving of books in the library department.
  • Other essential and emergency services as may be assigned to the section, like the binding of accreditation papers and other services.

Cataloguing Section

Functions of the Cataloguing Section

The Cataloguing unit is a unit within the Technical Services Unit. It is a unit that is involved in cataloguing and classification of library books and making sure that books on the same and related subjects areas are kept and maintained together on the shelf.

This section concerns itself with the following:

THE CATALOGUE: The Library Catalogue is the key to the resources of the Library. It is a record of not only books, but also of all the materials in the entire Library. Proper use of the Catalogue will tell the reader whether the Library has a particular book by a given author or not and what books the Library has on specific subjects and their locations on the shelves. A Catalogue Card gives the following information: author, title, place of publication, publisher, date of publication, number of pages, whether a book is illustrated or not and where a book is located in the Library.

The following Catalogue are available in this Library.

  • AUTHOR/TITLE CATALOGUE: This is a card catalogue arranged alphabetically by the name of the author, surname first, and followed by forename. Books are entered, where relevant, under their editors, translators and the institutions or bodies that sponsor them. For example: White, J.B. The title entries which enable you to find books under their titles are made in almost all cases and filed within the author sequence. The article ‘A’, ‘An’ and ‘The’ are disregarded in the Title Filing. For example: The Waste Water Engineering/by J.B. will be filed under Waste and not under the article THE.  
  • CLASSIFIED CATALOGUE: The Classified Catalogue brings together in one place all books and documents on a particular subject. In this catalogue the “CLASSMARK” (or CALL NUMBER), and not CATALOGUE, is used with the help of the Subject Index.
  • SUBJECT CATALOGUE: This contains entries under the subject contents of the book. Here books on the same topic are brought together. This subject catalogue is arranged alphabetically by the name of the subject (e.g. Chemistry, Organic). In consulting this catalogue, you should look under the most specific form of heading.

            Thus, in order to achieve these, the library uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings which divided knowledge into 21 main subjects as it’s shown below:


A                     -           General

B-BJ                -           Philosophy and Psychology

BL-BX            -           Religions, General

C                     -           History, Auxiliary Science

D                     -           History (General)

DA-DR           -           History of Europe

DS                   -           History of Asia

DT-DX            -           History of Africa, Australia etc.

E-F                  -           History of America

G-GH              -           Geography

GN-GR           -           Anthropology, Ethnology

GV                  -           Sports

H                     -           Social Sciences

HA                  -           Economic Statistics

HB                  -           Economic Theory

HC                  -           Economic History

HD                  -           Applied Economics

HE                   -           Communications

HF                   -           Commerce

HG-HJ             -           Finance

HM-HN          -           Sociology

HQ                  -           Family and Marriage

HS                   -           Societies

HT                   -           Social Classes

HV                  -           Social Welfare

HX                  -           Socialism and Communism

J                       -           Political Science

JA                    -           General

JC-JQ              -           Constitutional History and Administration

JS                    -           Local Government 

JK                    -           Colonial, Colonization and Emigration

JX                    -           International Relations

K                     -           Law

L                      -           Education

LA                   -           History

LB                   -           Theory and Practice

LC                   -           Special Aspects

LD-LG                        -           Individual Universities and Colleges

M                     -           Music

N                     -           Fine Arts 

NA                  -           Architecture and Planning

NB                  -           Sculpture

NC                  -           Graphic Arts

ND                  -           Painting

NE                   -           Graphics and Art Production

P                      -           Languages and Literature

PA                   -           Classical Languages and Literature

PB-PH             -           European Languages

PG                   -           Russian Languages and Literature

PJ                    -           Oriental Language and Literature

PK                   -           Indo-Iranian Languages and Literature

PL                   -           Languages and Literature of Western Asia Africa & Oceanic  

PM                  -           American and Artificial Languages

PN                   -           Comparative Literature

PQ                   -           Romance Literature   

PR                   -           English Literature

PS                    -           American Literature

PT                    -           German Literature

PZ                   -           Short Stories, Children Literature

Q                     -           Sciences

QA                  -           Mathematics

QB                  -           Astronomy

QC                  -           Physics

QD                  -           Chemistry

QE                   -           Geology

QH                  -           Biological Sciences

QK                  -           Botany

QL                   -           Zoology

QM                  -           Anatomy

QP                   -           Biochemistry and Physiology

QR                  -           Microbiology

R                     -           Medicine

S                      -           Agriculture

SB                   -           Plant Culture & Horticulture

SD                   -           Forestry

SF                    -           Animal Breeding & Veterinary Medicine     

SH                   -           Fish Culture & Fisheries

T                      -           Technology and Engineering

TA                   -           Civil Engineering and General

TC                   -           Hydraulic Engineering

TD                   -           Sanitary and Municipal Engineering 

TE                   -           Roads

TF                    -           Railways

TG                   -           Bridges

TH                   -           Building Technology

TJ                    -           Automobile & Aeronautic Engineering

TN                   -           Mineral Industries and Metallurgy

TP                    -           Chemical Engineering  

TR                   -           Photography

TS                    -           Manufactures

TT                    -           Mechanical Trade and Handicrafts

TX                   -           Domestic Science

U                     -           Military Science

V                     -           Naval Science

Z                      -           Librarianship and Bibliography 


Note: You can ascertain what books the Library has on a particular subject only by using the Subject Catalogue. Browsing round the shelves will reveal only those works shelved in a particular sequence in one part of the Library. Books currently on loan and related materials classified elsewhere will be missed.

Serials Section

Functions of the Serials Section

This unit contains publications issued in progressive parts bearing numerical or orderly designations and intended to be continued indefinitely. This may include periodicals, newspapers, journals, proceedings, transactions, among others.
Serials Policy

  • This is the policy of the library to acquire as much as possible within its capacity yet relative to the “major journals” in the various disciplines within the University.

Serials Catalogue

  • This is within the Serials Unit, basically consists of title catalogue and a separate shelf-list according to the Library of Congress Classification. These Publications are listed in alphabetical chronology. Each entry is usually under the title, but publications of institutions, corporate bodies, when their titles aren’t distinctive, should be entered under the official name of the said institution.

Serials Collection

  • All of the Library’s serials collections are contained in the Serials Unit.


  • Our Serials collection are arranged on the shelves according to subject groups and then followed by an alphabetical order of title within each group.

Classification System

  • These Serials Collections are arranged in broad subject groups following the Library of Congress Classification systems used for the book collection although there are certain differences. However here is the outline

Classification Mark         Subject

A                     General Works (General encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, etc.)
B                     Philosophy – Religion
C                     Auxiliary Sciences of History
D                     History: General and Old World
E-F                  History of America
G                     Geography, Anthropology, Folklore, etc.
H                       Social Sciences

J                        Political sciences

K                      Law
L                      Education
M                     Music
N                     Fine Arts
P                      Language and Literature
Q                     Science
R                     Medicine
S                      Agriculture
T                      Technology
U                     Military Science
V                     Naval Science
Z                      Bibliography and Library Science
The number ‘6’ is used to distinguish journal resources. The class marks of all serial collections are prefixed by ‘6’. For instance, the Journal of Politics will have its class mark as - 6 JA 1 J. “J” stands for the first letter of the first word in the title.


Other significant Anterior numerals in use and what each represents 


526­­­­­­­­­­­      Represents Serials on Micro cards
536      Represents Serials on Microfilms
6          Represents Periodicals, Journals, Indexes, and Abstracts.
66        Represents Newspapers (African and Non-African)
78        Represents Back volumes of Serial sets example Yearbooks, Directories, Calendars
86        Represents Africana Periodicals
9          Represents Antiquated books – The collection includes valuable amount of ‘Out of print’ and little used books.


System Section

Functions of the System Section

Vision Statement

Our vision as a unit is to develop an ICT unit, with a proficient information service system with the capacity to support the library’s vision of developing an effective ICT purpose driven academic and research library system while working side by side with the Technical unit of the library in the automation of the library. More so, to create a very effective functional, Global Competitive and Research Focused Section which is not Just a section in the library but responsive to the needs of the library clientele while delivering world class information and knowledge base.

Mission Statement

  • To project and uphold an efficient public relations with our clientele,
  • To provide an ICT library and information services to clientele.
  • To be an example for Universities in library and information service delivery within the library and outside the library.
  • To be a good image of the library.
  • To provide consultancy services to clientele, departments and faculties within the University Community.
  • To create an atmosphere of partnership within and outside the library system.
  • To ensure a professional information service system that is clientele-centered, clientele-friendly and instrumental to the vision of teaching, learning, research and scholarship.