The library has a collection of over 10,000 books, magazines, maps, audiovisual materials, toys, clipping files and computers. Guidelines for development aim for a comprehensive collection of African children’s books, and a selection of the best international children’s literature (in English and English translation).
Fiction is selected on the basis of relevance and quality. Selection criteria for nonfiction emphasize a balanced collection of titles in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. These are selected in the following order of priority: books specific to African culture or environment; books describing a similar or related environment; books universal in scope or illustrating aspects of the variety of the natural world or human environment.
The reference collection is made up of basic reference sources suitable for children, such as encyclopedias, multi-volume series, dictionaries, and atlases; nonfiction titles with an African background (second copy); and children’s magazines and related periodicals. The vertical file collection of pamphlets and clippings from Nigerian periodicals provides local and topical information. Audiovisual resources include a picture and map collection, toys and puppets, jigsaw puzzles and indoor games such as ncholokoto (ayo), scrabble, draughts and chess. The library has three computers, a multimedia projector and Internet connection.
CCL also holds a research collection of African children’s literature, the library of the Psycho-Educational Testing Services, and collections on education and women and development.