The National Library of Nigeria which is located in Lagos was founded in 1962. At that time, the library had over one million volumes, including about 35,000 United Nations documents.
State governments have libraries in their respective capitals and in all the local government headquarters.
The chief university library is that of the University of Ibadan, which contains 450,000 volumes. Other sizable university collections are at the University of Lagos (375,000 volumes), Obafemi Awolowo University (401,000), and the University of Nigeria at Nsukka and Enugu (717,000). The Lagos State High Court holds a collection of 600,000 volumes. There are also a lot of other privately maintained collections all across the country.
Libraries in Nigeria face myriad of problems which include lack of the needed social amenities, the dearth of needed infrastructure and the absence of professional hands.