National Institute of Construction Technology and Management, Uromi

Selection Criteria

The general criteria to be used by the selectors for the acquisition of library materials are listed below in priority order:

  • Curriculum support. Materials related to the fields of study in the curriculum will form the core of the library collection;
  • Research support. Materials related to the research conducted by faculty, researchers and students are to be acquired;
  • Collection continuity. Updating of the collection with new titles and editions on a regular basis.
  • Reference materials. Bibliographies, catalogs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes and abstracts, directories, and manuals fall under this category.
  • Audiovisual media. E-books, CDs, DVDs, videos (preferred medium will be DVD, if available, over videocassettes) and multimedia form a critical resource of a modern library. Microform reproductions will be limited to retrospective materials that are unavailable or very expensive in other media.


In general, the library should acquire materials in what it judges is the most appropriate format(s). Until electronic resources are judged to be completely secure and sustainable, most text-based materials will not be acquired in electronic only format when there is a choice. Some reference materials, however, such as abstracts and indexes, dictionaries and encyclopedias, directories, etc. may, because of their usefulness in this format, be acquired and retained in electronic only format. In addition, back files of periodicals in print format and large sets on microform should be replaced with their electronic version to ease pressure on the critical library space.


English is the principal language of materials acquired for library use. Other language materials relevant to the Institute’s curriculum will also be acquired when the need arises.


Cost of materials will also be a deciding factor in acquiring materials. Request for any item costing more than the amount budgeted for it will be discouraged. The Acquisition librarian may contact the requester to inform him about the high cost of the material and to advise him to find an alternative title with a lower cost. If the requester insists on his request, the matter should be referred to the Librarian for action.


The acquisition of multiple copies (more than Five) of books or any other library materials should be avoided unless the item is in great demand and acquiring above five copies will help the users in their studies.

Gift and exchange

The library welcomes gratis materials from individuals, government, and private organizations and departments to enhance the collection. However, any materials which are not relevant to the subject profiles or found to be below the accepted minimum academic level will not be added to the collection. The library regards mutually beneficial exchange agreements as an appropriate method of acquiring important materials which fall within the context of its subject profiles


The library maintains a collection of textbooks prescribed in various courses offered in the polytechnic.  This collection will be updated each semester. For any questions regarding the list of textbooks to be acquired, the respective departments may be contacted.

Government publications

The library gets official/ government agencies publications free of charge. However, not all of them are received automatically. Considering their academic and research value, efforts should be made to acquire those missing publications through regular follow-ups with the concerned departments. Special collections librarian will be responsible for selecting and acquiring government/official publications of reference nature.

Learned societies' publications

Because of the research value of the learned societies’ publications, the library will acquire those which fall within our subject profiles through membership of the societies or through ordering individual titles. These publications also include proceedings of numerous conferences organized by the professional organizations and societies.

Theses and dissertations

The library as a policy will collect one hard copy and one soft copy on CD-ROM or flash of all students’ research Project report accepted in various academic departments in the polytechnic to develop institutional repository.

Paperback vs hard cover editions

The library will prefer hard cover editions over paperbacks as they do not get mutilated quickly due to heavy use. However, where hard covers are not available, paper backs will be acquired.


Materials which do not support the collections’ stated purposes and objectives may be withdrawn. Materials will be identified for withdrawal as they come to the attention of the library staff in the normal course of their job performance.

Damaged and lost materials

Users will bear the cost of repair of materials damaged or cost of replacement in case such materials cannot be repaired or is lost.

Book Lending Policy

Any eligible academic staff is entitled to borrow a maximum of 3 books at a time and for a period of one month.

Non-academic staff is entitled to borrow two books for a period of one month.

A student is entitled to borrow two books for a period of two weeks. Fifty naira is charged daily for overdue books ₦50.00. Loans are renewable and it’s subject to ratification.

Reference materials, books that have limited copies, serials, special collections and archival documents are not borrowable.