Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries- ZODML was founded in 1999; with a vision of a “Nigeria in which everyone has the ability to educate themselves and aims to achieve this by providing free channels through which Nigerians can access information and learning tools to acquire knowledge”.
In year 2000, we opened a Community library in Awolowo Road, Lagos state. In 2003, we started a reading initiative for primary school pupils tagged CATHY- Cath Them Young.
By 2004, we established our first mini library, serving 2 public primary schools and in 2008, we set up additional 2 mini-libraries, serving 4 schools. We also established 5 more mini-libraries in 2010, serving 10 schools.
We established an Internet Learning Centre with 20 computers serving 4 public secondary schools in 2011 and by 2012, we embarked on a Mobile Library project for prisons. In the same year, we started Senior Secondary School Reading Initiative and our online information resource centre zodml.org was launched.
In 2013, our BookCorner project serving about 1,743 students was also launched and our literary excursions commenced.
We opened its first Prison Library at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre in March 2013 and in 2015 we established donated a book case and books to the already exiting prison library at the Kirikiri Female prison Lagos, 3 more libraries in Kirikiri Medium, Kirikiri Maximum and Badagry Prison thereby covering all the prisons in Lagos.
In 2016, we extended our services to the eastern part of the country by establishing in a prison library in Onitsha and another in Awka, Anambra state.
In 2017, we created prison libraries in Nnewi Medium Prison, Ekwulobia Prison, Enugu Prison and Orji-river Prison respectively.
We also launched new Prison Libraries, in Ile-ife, Osun state and also in Oyo and Agodi both in Oyo state, in 2018.
Last month, we launched 5 prison libraries in Warri, Agbor, Sapele, Kwale and Ogwashi-Ukwu respectively
We have attained success over the years, special thanks to our donors, partners, key members of the library and everyone who has contributed to this cause. We are very grateful.