In the last quarter of 2014, Maastricht University Library was asked to donate used academic books to the Academic Resource Centre for university students and tutors in the Niger delta region of Nigeria. We were able to send over 90,000 books in English language. As a nice return gesture the Foundation project committee decided to name the new academic library department after the city of Maastricht. So: Nigeria has a Maastricht Library!
The Niger delta region hosts over eight national and state universities with a rising student population of nearly 200.000. These universities possessed no functional academic library services, very few academic books and nearly zero IT services. The UM books – in the field of medicine, psychology, business, engineering, sociology and ICT – were used for learning materials support in setting up an academic library.
The committee let us know that “The results from your donation will somehow contribute to the necessity of introducing a modern library of academic books to the regions students and teachers but also resolve a major handicap to students, teachers and researcher.”
Our contribution was the unsold part of our 2014 book fairs (held in the Inner City Library on 17 September and the Randwyck Library on 15 November).