President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday in Uyo inaugurated the e-library built by Akwa Ibom Government. The state governor has described the facility as the first of its kind in Nigeria.
Mr. Jonathan said that the Federal Government is happy to be identified with the project which is in line with digital revolution in the world.
He commended Governor Godswill Akpabio for his efforts in transforming the state and expressed the hope that the e-library would be used effectively.
The President was in the state to also declare open, a retreat by the Nigerian Senate.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Akpabio, described the e-library as a knowledge-based centre, which according to him is the first in Nigeria and in West Africa.
The three-storey library complex has digital collections of 16.5 million e-documents which can be accessed by users simultaneously.
It also has two million electronic books that can be downloaded in addition to 14.5 million electronic research e-journals.
The governor said the library has a conference centre with language translators, and he urged the president to bring ECOWAS meetings to the state.
The Commissioner for Housing and Urban Renewal, Emmanuel Enoidem, said that the e-library project started in 2007.
He said that the initial idea was to have a headquarters for the State Library Board but the vision later changed to a state-of- the-art edifice.
The facility has a children multi-media resource centre; 1,260 educational games for children; 1,000 simulations and mathematics practice tools; as well as 80,000 question and answer series for tertiary examinations.
The Ibom e-library has a 1000 person capacity conference centre, a large external playground, board rooms, offices, open and private reading areas and children reading areas with story-telling/play facilities.
Other facilities are language learning devices, digital parenting counselling, digital teacher counselling and digital librarian to help develop e-literacy skills.