The Nigeria High Commission Library in the United Kingdom is essentially a reference library. It holds Federal Republic of Nigeria publications, trade directories and a wide range of general educational and cultural topics about Nigeria. It also holds archival material which relates to British rule in Nigeria. The majority of the archival materials which date back to the late nineteenth century may be used for research purposes.
The Library contains several thousand volumes of works on Nigeria, the bulk of which relates to Federal and State Governments - summaries of legislation, annual report and statistics. The collections also include reference books and bibliographical tools - encyclopaedias, dictionaries and directories. The Library regularly publishes a list of recent acquisitions. It is located on the ground floor of the Chancery.
Enquiry services are available - Library staff answer enquiries on
all topics relating to Nigeria. We will give advice on sources of
information outside the Library's own stock
Inter-library loans are available. Photocopies of articles from
Nigerian government publications held by the library will be
provided on request to individuals. Please send a self-addressed
stamped envelope if you require a photo-copied article. A small
charge will be made to cover the costs of photocopying
The Nigeria High Commission Library is essentially a reference
library. There are no borrowing facilities.
Group visits to the Library, to look at materials relating to
Nigeria, are welcome. To arrange a visit, please contact the
A photocopier is available in the Library. We charge a small fee
Federal Government of Nigeria Publications (G)
These are Federal Government publications originating from
Federal Government of Nigeria Publications (FR) 1960-67
These are Federal Government publications which relate
specifically to the former regions of Nigeria - Eastern,
Northern, Western including Mid-Western Region.
Annual report, statistics, summaries of legislation by each of
the former regions are kept next to the FR publications.
States' Publications (SGOV)
These are publications by all the States of Nigeria.
The Library holds the following official gazettes:
Official gazettes of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Official gazettes of State governments of Nigeria
The Library receives leading journals from Nigeria and other
countries covering subjects such as economics, education,
history and politics. From time to time the Library receives
publications by the following organisations: ECOWAS, OAU, UN,
UNESCO. British parliamentary & Commonwealth Secretariat
publications are also available in the Library.
Current Information Files
The Library has current information on a variety of subjects
relevant to Nigeria (These files may be used for reference in
The Library obtains regularly a number of leading Nigerian
newspapers as well as those of the U.K.
Official gazettes of the former regional governments of Nigeria,
laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are held in the archives.
Other materials include books & journals of historical
The card catalogue is arranged in a "dictionary" sequence,
which consists of author, title and subject cards arranged in
one alphabetical sequence. In addition there is a separate
list of journal titles and holdings. Fiction and literary
works are listed separately.
The Library has a collection of colour posters which may be
borrowed for use in schools and other educational institutions.
The posters include scenes of Nigerian life, historical events
and famous Nigerians. Most posters are A3 size or slightly
larger. Posters should be borrowed and returned in person, or
can be returned in the mail if packed in a mailing tube.
The Library holds several travel guides to Nigeria & West
Africa, which may be consulted by library users. The Library
also holds several State guides to individual states of
Nigeria. Travel guides may be photocopied, (within the
guidelines of the Copyright Act).
Opening Hours & Availability
Open: Monday - Friday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Telephone: 0207 839 1244 ext 279
Offices of The High Commission
Open: Monday - Friday: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm
The Library and the High Commission observe the national holidays of
Nigeria and those of the United Kingdom. Please check in advance if you
intend visiting either the High Commission or the Library.
The Library is open to the general public, organisations and government
departments It is advisable to have some form of identification, (e.g.
student card, other library ticket, driving licence or passport), if you
are planning to undertake extensive research in the Library's archives.
Please note that visit to the Library is by appointment
Telephone Number for General Enquiries costs 0.10p per minute, Calls from mobiles and other networks may cost more: 087 1221 0073;
Telephone Number for Visa and Consular costs 0.92p per minute, Calls from mobiles and other networks may cost more: 091 1002 0004;Telephone number for Visa and Consular only. Costs 0.92p per minute, calls from mobiles and other networks may cost more. Fax: +(44) 20 7839 8746 (v0.9.7)
Important announcement about the issuance and collection of Nigerian Passport
This is to inform the general public that the Nigeria High Commission, London is currently experiencing
difficulty in the supply of Nigerian Passport Booklets from Nigeria. Take note that this affects both 32 and 64 pages Passport Booklets.
This situation is not peculiar to the Nigeria High Commission alone. As a result of this problem, The minimum waiting time for
collection of all passport (both 32 and 64 pages) after biometric capture is (3) months.
Applicants whose Nigeria Passports are not ready on the automatic computer generated collection date
but in urgent need to travel to Nigeria are advised to choose one of the following options provided they are
in possession of a foreign passport that guarantees travelling back to the United Kingdom:
1) Apply for an Emergency Travel Certificate (Gratis).
This can be used to enter Nigeria. However the applicant must use his or her foreign passport to travel
back to the United Kingdom. To qualify for this option, applicant must provide the following:
a)Copy of Passport Collection Slip
b) Copy of itinerary journey to Nigeria c) 2 Recently taken passport-sized photograph d) Original and photocopy of foreign passport
e) Completed Emergency Travel Certificate form. Click here to download Emergency Travel Certificate form