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Brief History of Gani Fawehinmi Library & Gallery

Gani Fawehinmi Library was established in April 1965 at No.116 Denton Street, Ebutte-Metta, Lagos, when the founder Chief Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi established his chambers. In 1974, the Library was moved to No. 28 Sabiu Ajose Crescent, Surulere, Lagos. In 1978, the Library moved from Surulere to No. 35 Adeniran Ajao Road, Ajao Estate, Anthony Village, Lagos and between 2009 and 2012,theLibrary moved to its present and permanent site at Gani Fawehinmi Library and Gallery at Otunba Jobi-Fele Way Central Business District (CBD),Alausa, Ikeja. .

The Library started as a small library to service, Gani Fawehinmi, Chambers but progressed to its present status where it occupies three floors on the expansive Nigeria Law Publications Building at Alausa, Ikeja as a Limited liability company having been registered as a corporate organization with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) .

The Gani Fawehinmi Library is reputed to be the largest Private Library in Nigeria.It has a collection of over One Million books and non-book materials on various subject ranging from Law, Politics, Biographies, religion, Social Sciences, Almanacs, Encyclopedia etc. It has an archive with a collection of newspapers and magazines from the early 70s to date. These are Newspapers and Magazines that cannot be found in any other library in Nigeria.

It has a four-hundred bibliographical materials on the Founder Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) who in his life-time had a penchant for acquiring books for the development and advancement of mankind, hence the large collection of books and non-book materials. The library has a Gallery.

The Gallery contains all items and materials on the Founder, Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN which include some of his Law apparels like wig and gown, bags, glasses, files, etc. Also most of his detention materials like the prison uniform (Prisoner J60),the detention bags and cups he used while in various prison and police detention. In short, the Gallery depicts his life and it is the first of its kind in Nigeria.
Contact Information
Nigerian Law Publications House
Jobi Fele Way,
C.B.D., Alausa,
Ikeja, Lagos State.
Chief Librarian
+01-014532703, +234 803 265 0787
Email: Info@ganifawehinmilibandgallery.com
Vision
To provide the best collection of books, periodicals, audiovisuals, pictures and other informational resources, in a conducive environment.
Mission Statement
We contribute to the intellectual needs and development of individuals and organizations by providing both archival and current informational resources most suitable for learning and research.
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