Prior to July 1988, the Faculties of Arts and Social and Management Sciences operated from the Ijebu-Igbo Annex of the University, which shared the premises of the Abusi Edumare Academy. The two Faculties were serviced by the Annex Reading Rooms which operated as a library within the compound. The need to provide a better Library services to these Faculties had been of great concern to the Library Management since most of the Reference Collections for the disciplines were shelved in the Main Library at Ago-Iwoye, some 14 Kilometers away from Ijebu-Igbo.
Early in 1998, prevailing circumstances made it inevitable for these two Faculties to move to the Main Campus earlier than planned. This brought to the fore the need to provide for adequate Library services. The Library Management made every effort to ensure that a suitable building was earmarked as Branch Library on the Main Campus. The Library Management therefore specifically requested for the Sir. Hassan Odukale building as the Branch Library, having considered its suitable location in all ramifications; and the Library became operational in July 1988.
It is situated within a walking distance from the Faculties of Arts, Social Sciences, Management Science and Education as well as the University Health Centre. The building itself is a bungalow of beautiful architectural design, tastefully furnished and situated in a location conducive to studying with an attractive landscape. It consists of two fairly spacious reading area; the Serial reading room; staff and postgraduate reading room with individual carrel; staff offices; security-check point at the entrance, and the Circulation Desk to the right of the main entrance.
The Branch Librarian’s office and office of the Secretary to the Branch Librarian are immediately after the Serials area. The Library is headed by a Principal Librarian, assisted by a Chief Library Officer and other supporting staff.