University Archives

The University Archives domiciled in the library houses materials emanating from the University of Lagos since inception. The library preserves and makes available to researchers’ unique materials of enduring value to support teaching and research.  The archives chronicle the history of the University of Lagos from inception in 1962 to the present, and includes materials such as inaugural lectures and monographs series, correspondence, minutes, reports, photographs, maps, audiovisual materials, other university publications, and much more. 

We have digitized some of our archival collection for ease of access. Please contact us so our Africana and Special collection Librarian for help.


Archives and Special collections materials do not circulate and its stacks are closed. University faculty, staff, students, and other researchers are accorded access to these materials within the Gandhi Library. Research inquiries are taken in-person, by telephone, by e-mail, or by regular mail while appointments to conduct research are also encouraged.

While items are available for use only to individuals conducting research on a related topic, access to the collection is usually under supervision to avoid theft and damage.

Special Collections

The library’s special collections include rare, unique and fragile materials in varied formats and on variety of topics including art, literature, mathematics, music, religion, law, history and culture, music and sound recordings and photographs. Other materials include private collections of notable individuals donated or bequeathed to the University of Lagos library.

Donated /Bequeathed Materials of notable personalities include