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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Joining the Library

To join the Community Library, you can fill out and submit a registration form, either at home or in person at the Library. Minors (18 years and younger) need a parent's or guardian's consent in order to join. After submitting the completed registration form, you will receive an email with a unique code which, along with two passport photographs, you will need to take to the Library for the production of your Library card. 

  • A Library card is free but requires registration. ZODML has two types of patrons: Standard and Friends of the Library. You may register either as a Standard patron or as a Friend of the Library. There is no fee to register as a Standard patron; however, you will have to pay N500 to cover the administrative costs of producing your Library card (children and students are exempted from this charge).

Friends of the Library make a donation of N7000 or more to support our community projects which impact thousands of underserved Nigerians.

Standard members have access to our facilities and services but cannot use our special reading rooms or hire our laptops.
Friends of the Library have access to our facilities and services. In addition, they have the following benefits:

  • Use of our special reading rooms
  • Free hire of our laptops for in-library use only
  • Internet access on their laptops from anywhere in the library

A Library card is valid for one year and can be renewed in person either on the same terms or upgraded from Standard to Friend of the Library.

Yes, children are welcome at ZODML.

The Library is open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm, and on Saturdays between 9am and 2pm. The Library is closed on Sundays and federal public holidays.


Books not marked ‘reference only’, DVDs, and audiobooks may be borrowed from the Library. DVDs attract a N100 rental fee.

Newspapers and magazines are available only to members to peruse within the Library’s premises and should not be taken out.

Find information on borrowing items on the Library Services page.

If there is a particular item you would like to see available to borrow at the Community Library, send an email to librarians@zodml.org with pertinent information (title, author, publisher etc.) and we will look into purchasing it for our collections .


You do not need a Library card to access our online resources; however, you may need to register (free of charge) to access some of the resources.

To download free e-books from our e-library, simply sign up and you are free to read as many books as you want!

  • At the top-right of every page on this website is a search bar which you can use to find books in our catalogue and other information such as:

We are eager to expand the content of our online resource collections. Send an email to editorial@zodml.org.

Yes! We are always looking for new contributors for our blog and newsletter, especially book reviews, short stories, opinion pieces, and poetry. Send a pitch to editorial@zodml.org.

To download free past questions from our site, simply sign up; this will give you access to our online resources.

Getting Involved

Yes: ZODML accepts donations in cash or kind from the public. We accept both online cash donations and donations made in person. Books, audiobooks and DVDs in good condition are especially welcome. If donated materials cannot be included in the Library’s collection, they will be sold.

Find information on volunteer opportunities here.


We have a selection of fairly used books on sale at the Community Library. We do not sell new books at present.

Please send an email with your name and a scanned passport photograph to members@zodml.org. There is a N500 administrative charge for the replacement of a Library card.