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Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries (ZODML)

Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries (ZODML) is a non-profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria dedicated to building our vision of a Nigeria in which everyone has the ability to educate themselves. Our work is inspired by the life of Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue, who was able to rise from a farming background to become the first company secretary and legal adviser to the African Continental Bank through self-learning and access to libraries. 

ZODML was founded in 1999 with grants and gifts from the widow and daughters of the late Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue. Our mission is to provide free channels through which Nigerians can access information and learning tools to acquire knowledge. To achieve this, we establish community and school libraries, libraries in prisons, as well as online libraries and other resources. All of ZODML's services are provided free of charge.

Our Community Library at 196 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi was opened in 2000. With more than 22,000 books and audiovisual materials available to over 6,000 patrons (including students from government schools) to browse through and borrow, it is a rich and thriving space for knowledge seekers and book lovers. Study areas, daily newspapers, and internet access are also available for use the use of library card holders.

ZODML is invested in spreading a love of books and the acquisition of the literacy and technological skills vital to a modern economy within Nigerian society, and especially amongst our country’s children. Our Internet Learning Centre, our libraries in government schools and prisons, and monthly reading programmes (CATHYJSRP and SSRP). zodml.org, our online library, was created in 2012 to broaden the reach of ZODML's services and resources beyond its physical locations. Diverse educational materials (including JAMB and WASSCE past question papers) and our Discover Nigeria section (which highlights the best of Nigeria's history and culture) support self-learning and introduce visitors from around the world to Nigeria's potential.

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Help us continue to spread access to books and education to all Nigerians.