Brief History

The Ho Technical University (HTU) library was established in 1967 as Ho technical Institute library. It became Ho Polytechnic library, in 1993 when the institution was upgraded to a polytechnic status. Currently, it is officially referred to as the Nunya library. It is  without doubt the largest library in the Volta Region with a sitting capacity of about 400 persons at a time and nineteen thousand six hundred and thirty three(19633) assorted titles of books embodying various text for the core programmes run by the HTU. 

Vision

To become a world class library with focus on the provision of relevant information in support of teaching, learning and research for academic excellence in engineering, science and technology, applied arts and TVET based disciplines.

Divisions 

Physically, the Nunya library is made up of two structures: old and new. The old structure had been the main library until recently when the new structure, which is the story building attached to the old building became operational. However, it is made up of six functional divisions. These are:

  • Collection development/acquisition unit
  • Cataloguing and classification unit
  • Circulation unit
  • Reference/Reader  services unit
  • E-library unit
  • Technical services unit

Collection Development/Acquisition Unit

Collection development and acquisition is the unit responsible for acquiring books and other resource. The library does this in collaboration with faculty. Normally, the librarian requests books titles from the faculty that are relevant to effective teaching and learning. With this information the library liaises with the procumbent unit through the university management to acquire the recommended texts for processing on continual bases.  

Cataloging & Classification Unit

Cataloging and classification unit is responsible for processing acquired books and other information resources for orderly storage and easy retrieval. The HTU adopts the Library of Congress (LC) classification scheme for processing all its information resources acquired.

Circulation Unit

Circulation unit is the section responsible for making the library resources available to users. This involves searching and finding information for users, charging and discharging library resources (borrowing material) as well as registering new members to grant them right to access the library resources.

Reference/Reader Services Unit

Reference and Reader services is  the unit that houses resources that are special in nature or limited collection and for that matter can only be consulted in the library. Users are assisted to find and use these resources. This process of assisting users to obtain the appropriate information, requested for from the reserved and reference collection is what is referred to as reader and reference services.

E-Library Unit

Nunya library has e-library section, located on 2nd floor, in the new block, which offers access to Internet and e-resources. The Nunaya library is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH). CARLIGH offers its members access to host of e-resources or databases. From the e-library webpage users can access CARLIGH e-resources and Nunya OPAC (local database). The e-library also has links to a lot of open access resources where students and lecturers can download journal articles and E-books.

Technical Unit

The technical unit is responsible for providing indirect services that support the running of the library. These include reprographic services, binding and mending of worn out book. Technical services that are related to computers and computer networks are provided in collaboration with staff from the ICT Directorate.

Library Resources

The Nunya Library’s resources are made up of both print and electronic materials. The print resource is made up of textbooks for, the various programmes that the university runs, reference materials such as encyclopedias, wordbooks, fact books, almanacs, directories, dictionaries, thesaurus and maps. It also includes periodicals such as academic Journals, news papers, magazines and Ghana Government publication. The e-Library section houses the e-resources. These include the various databases (e-resources) of CARLIGH, the open access resources, e-books and Nunya local collections.

Opening Hours 

During semester:

  • Mondays –Fridays 9:00am- 10:00pm
  • Saturdays   7:00am- 3:30pm
  • Vacation Period- 9:00am-4:30pm

Access to Resources

The Nunya library is without exaggeration the biggest and perhaps the most resourced library in the Volta region. Owing to this status, the library serves other users apart from the university communities. That is to say, any individual can be a casual user of the library. However, frequent users, especially students, the faculty and other staff are required to register with the library particularly to establish rights to borrow books and other materials from the library.  Registered users can borrow a number of books at a time. HND students are allowed to borrow two books, B.Tech students can borrow four books, M. Tech and lectures are entitled to borrow maximum of six books. 

Library Registration

All interested members are to submit a completed library registration form. In addition users are required to provide the following:

  • HND students: student ID card and 2 passport pictures
  • B. Tech students: student ID card and 4 passport pictures
  • M. Tech students: student ID card and 6 passport pictures
  • Lecturers and administrative staff: Staff ID card or any form of identification and 6 passport pictures

Regulations

  • Food, water, drink etc. should not be brought into the library
  • Smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages in the library is prohibited
  • Bags and other goods brought into the library should be deposited on the shelve at the entrance of the library 
  • Valuable items such as money, jewelry, laptops, tablets, phones etc should not be kept in bags deposited
  • Tempering with library materials, mutilation, defacing or writing in library books is prohibited
  • Open discussions, audible sound from electronic gadgets or engaging in any form of noise-making in the library is strictly prohibited
  • Receiving phone calls in the library is strictly prohibited, whiles in the library, put all mobile phones on silent mode and receive calls outside the library 
  • Students who are found disturbing in the library may be asked to leave
  • Students can be randomly checked to trace missing items 
  • Watching of pornographic materials in the library is forbidden and may attract sanctions

Penalties

  • Non-tertiary and HND students are allowed to keep borrowed books for a maximum period of two weeks while graduate students and staff can borrow books for period of four weeks. Overdue books attract a fine of one cedi (GHC 1.00) each, per day
  • Holders of overdue books will not be allowed to borrow additional books until the current books are returned
  • Stealing or attempting to steal any library resource or removing pages from a book is criminal, punishable by the laws of the university 
  • Users shall be made to pay twice the cost of lost or misplaced books
  • Users shall be made to replace or pay twice the cost of borrowed books which are deliberately torn, destroyed or mutilated.

Support for the Library

As the largest library in the Volta region, the Nunya Library is very adaptable to meet the current and future needs of the university community in the midst of new trends and challenges of ever evolving information industry. However, the library depends solely on the University for its budget. Unfortunately, the library faces budgetary constraint which makes it difficult for it to carry out its developmental programmes at the required rate. The library therefore, seeks private support to enable it undertake these developmental projects at a faster rate. We therefore solicit support in cash or in kind from publishing companies, book collectors, alumnus, current students and philanthropic individuals and organisations.

Message to students

To know is to learn and to learn is to have access to relevant, timely and accurate information. Nunaya library is an epitome of excellence as it has the collection of all that you need to achieve excellence in your accademic pursuit. We therefore take this opportunity to encourage all students to use the library as it has the resource, space and conducive environment for research and learning.

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