National Library Lagos And Abuja Nigeria - National Bibliography of Nigeria

The national library of Nigeria provides ISBN and ISSN for publishers in Nigeria. It also produces the national bibliography of Nigeria, which list information sources available in Nigeria or all publications produced in Nigeria in a given year.

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number, which is a thirteen digit number that uniquely identifies the specific edition of a book. The thirteen digit numbers are not random numbers. They are there for a reason. In fact, the numbers consist of five parts.

The five parts are explained below using a specific example.

ISBN example: 978-978-908-217-9

In this case . . .

The first 3 digits = International code

Next 3 digits = country identifier

Next 3 digits = publisher identifier

Next 3 digits = title identifier

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last digit = check digit (for automatic check for correctness by computers)

The national library is charged with providing these ISBN and ISSN (International Standard Serial Numbers, for serial publications like newspapers) numbers to publishers and cataloging all publications in Nigeria for easy access by all . . . local or international.

The national bibliography of Nigeria uses descriptive cataloguing, which gives full bibliographic informaion for each publication listed. The information provided often include the author's full name, full title, place of publication, name of publisher, number of pages, and the price (where available).

How To Get ISBN And ISSN Numbers In Nigeria

The next natural question is, "how do you get ISBN or ISSN numbers from the library or national bibliography of nigeria?"

Simply visit the ISBN office in the library with the following items:

1. Photocopy of certificate of incorporation of your company issued to you by CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission)

2. Printed manuscript of the book you wish to get ISBN for

3. ISBN or ISSN application letter on your company's letterheaded paper

You could walk away with your ISBN numbers in less than an hour depending on the number of people on the queue.

The national library has its headquarters in Abuja and an operational office in Yaba Lagos. See the addresses below.

Abuja Office:

Plot 274 Central Business District, Sanusi Dantata House, Garki Abuja

Lagos Office:

Herbert Macaulay Way, Olagomeji, Yaba, Lagos Nigeria

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