As an integral and active leader in the educational and academic process, the Rhema University Library provides a serene environment that gives access to tools, content, and services that advance learning, teaching, research, scholarship, and personal enlightenment locally and globally.
Building, facilitating and encouraging world-class teaching, research, scholarship, and creative endeavours through our expertise: collections, facilities, and services for all stages of the information life-cycle, while safeguarding our cultural and intellectual heritage and facilitating lifelong learning experiences through our innovative use of technology.
In pursuing our mission, the Library supports the core values of the librarianship profession and our parent institution, Rhema University.
Rhema University faculty members and students enjoy access to thousands of physical and e-resources across disciplines. The Library maintains current subscriptions to several databases. In addition to the Loaning of books, and Research and Information Services; Rhema University Library offers research assistance and instruction to students and faculty. Services at Rhema University Library include research, Current Awareness, Selective Dissemination of Information, Document Delivery, Reprographics, and other services.
The Library also conducts user-education programmes for students and faculty. Use of Library (GST 126), a required one-semester course in information literacy, is conducted by the University Library to equip freshmen with the fundamentals of research and critical evaluation of information resources. Through the E-library Unit, the Library has over 50 public-access PCs with free WIFI for the users. The main Library is located on the 5th floor of the building facing the University’s main gate.
The services of Rhema University Library are overseen by different sections within the Library. The sections include:
Readers’ Services Section
The Readers’ Services section combines the Circulation and Reference Units. It is solely responsible for the registration of users; borrowing and renewing of materials; the processing of users’ requests; shelving and shelf-reading of materials; clearing the outgoing students and staff; literature search, Information Literacy; attending to users’ queries among others. Loaning privilege is only given to users who have registered and activated their membership account with the Library.
The Serials Section oversees the selection and maintenance of periodicals including scholarly Journals, Conference Proceedings, Magazines, and Newspapers. The Library subscribes to various national newspapers on daily basis. Our Serials Section houses a huge archive of national daily newspapers from 2010 to date.
The Rhema University E-library Section is well-furnished with computer systems and users are provided with access to electronic resources and also offered research assistance. The RU E-library dispenses strong and ubiquitous free-of- charge WIFI to students and faculty within and around the precinct of the Library. It also renders services such as printing, scanning, photocopying, and documentation of project documents and file sharing between two devices. The Section stations a sustainable Power Inverter, guaranteeing 24/7 light for the operational efficiency of the systems.
Cataloguing and Metadata Section
This section is responsible for the organization of both physical and electronic resources. It utilizes the Library of Congress Classification Scheme to classify library resources. It ensures that catalogued entries are accurately entered into Koha Integrated Library System and also ensures that Online Public Access Catalogue is maintained and updated on regular basis.
Medical College Library
The Rhema University Medical College Library houses collections in Medicine and Surgery, Nursing, Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, and other medical and allied courses. It serves as a repository for current advancements in medicine and human health.
The School of Postgraduate Library
The Rhema University Postgraduate Library, with its state-of- the art facilities, caters to the information needs of postgraduate students. It houses up-to-date books and periodicals across disciplines.
Rhema University Library has built an extensive collection of books, periodicals, and a growing digital collection. Our repository also includes a special collection, rare literature, and reference materials focusing on different subject areas and can be accessed by registered members.
Our OPAC contains all the records of print collection of the library and provides users the opportunity to browse the library collections online within and outside the Campus, make reservations, and manage their user account. It also gives details book locations on the shelves. Users are mandated to register with the Library for them to use our library facilities.
Textbooks and Periodicals
Rhema University Library has a well-organised and up-to-date textbooks and periodicals, which fulfills the curriculum requirement of the university programmes as accredited by the National Universities Commission.
Rhema University Library houses diverse e-resources such as e-books, e-journals, CD-ROM, DVDs, e-Research projects, PDF files, e-speeches, web links, and institutional papers.
Rhema University library subscribes to relevant databases such as EBSCOHOST, HINARI, AGORA, OARE, ARDI, and GOALI. In addition, there are avalanche open access databases, Open Education Resources (OER), web links to vital information specific to the courses of study in RU and other general recorded knowledge accessible in the library.
The library provides reprographic facilities that serve users’ printing, photocopying, scanning, and lamination needs.
The Library Team
Dr Wisdom O. Anyim – University Librarian
Mr. Amaefu, Ikechi Godspower – Head, School of Postgraduate Library
Mr. Oko, Eugene – Head, Readers’ Services Section
Mrs. Onyegbula, Mirian – Head, E-Library Section/Serials
Miss. Okorie, Maureen – Readers Services Section
Mr. Dike Chimzalam – Secretary/Serials Services
Mrs. Awa, Uloaku Clara– Readers’ Services
Mrs. Uzoma, Kelechi – Medical Library