LADIPO ADAMOLEKUN PUBLIC AFFAIRS LIBRARY
The Ladipo Adamolekun Public Affairs Library was commissioned on Thursday, January 26, 2006 by the Rt. Rev Bolanle Gbonigi, a retired Bishop of Akure Diocese. In attendance were Chief Olu Falae, a former minister of finance, Dr. Funke Oyebade, Registrar, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) and Chief R. Fasoranti, acting leader of Afenifere (the pre-eminent Yoruba socio-cultural group) and many others. The event received considerable media coverage.
About half-way through my career in academia in the late 1970s, I decided that a proposed bungalow to be built in my hometown would have the largest room serve as a library. A decade or so later, I resolved to build a stand-alone library. The architectural design was completed in early 1992 and construction started the same year. The building was completed within five years but I decided that it would only be furnished and commissioned for use after my retirement. The library has capacity for over 15,000 volumes and is called a public affairs library because the majority of the titles deal with different aspects of public affairs, covering the humanities and social and management sciences. The library also has an office for the owner, a reading room for other users that can seat 12 persons, and space for a library assistant.
Users of the Library
Although the library is primarily a private collection of books and other documents for the owner, there is a limited public access. Specifically, the library has a reading room for users that can seat 12 persons, and space for a library assistant.
To date, the majority of users of the library are final year secondary school students and post-secondary school students preparing for entrance examinations into tertiary education institutions. Undergraduates in the community use the library during their vacations and some teachers in the community also use it from time to time. Every year, there have been occasional users of the library from Iju’s neighbouring community, Itaogbolu and a small number of researchers from within and outside Ondo State.
The users of the library peak annually for about two months before the annual Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) entrance examinations to tertiary education institutions. During this period, there are usually more users than there are spaces on a daily basis, and a few could be found on benches provided ad hoc in-between shelves. Between July 2012 and mid-2016, there were over 430 registered users of the library.
In April 2010, free Internet facility was provided in the library. This has contributed significantly to the increase in the number of library users.