The Nigerian School Library Association is a learned society recognized by the Federal Ministry of Education with focus on the development Of school libraries/school library media centres, school librarianship and reading culture in Nigeria and has collaborated with government ministries and agencies in several workshops aimed at developing effective school library/resource centre programme and the reading culture of the Nigerian child.
The Association was inaugurated in July, 1977 and formally launched in October of same year. The NSLA came into existence following the consensus of opinion among the Nigerian participants at the 6th Annual conference of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) held in lbadan, Nigeria in July 1977 that a virile and autonomous body of school librarians and all those concerned with the provision of school library services, capable of offering advice and influencing government policies in education as regards School Libraries is needed for the Nigerian situation where the gigantic Universal Primary Education (UPE) scheme was launched without the adequate school library services to support it. It was therefore hoped that such an autonomous body will create the platform for all those who have been concerned all over Nigeria with the provision of school library services whether they be teacher-librarians, education officers in-charge of school libraries, librarians, media specialists and educational technologist to meet and exchange views on school library development. Such a body will also act in advisory capacities to government and embark on activities that would promote the development of school libraries in Nigeria.