The Library Services serves as a research and reference point for standard information to staff, government agencies, business entrepreneurs and consumers including the international community on standardization activities.


Mandate of Library Services (LS) "shall assemble, maintain and extend a collection of books and publications (standards/ normative documents) and such other matters as it considers appropriate for a standards library of the highest standing and make the facilities of the library available to such categories of persons as it thinks fit and upon such terms and conditions as it considers necessary".


The SON Library Services was established by the Enabling Act 56, subsection 5 of 1971, with responsibility to assemble and maintain collection of standards (normative documents), books and other relevant materials it considers appropriate for standard library.

Library Services (LS)

operates under Standard directorate with the following responsibilities, units or Centres:
  • Technical Library Centre
  • Standards Information Centre
  • Serials Management Centre
  • Documentation and Bindery Centre
  • Standards Sales Centre
  • State Offices Delivery Centre
  • E-Library Centre
  • ICT Administration Centre
  • Codex Centre
  • Trade fairs and Exhibitions
  • Lagos Lekki Library Centre
  • Benue State Library Centre


Mission Statement

To Build and sustain Library services of high standing for Standard Development in Nigeria.


The SON Library Services procedure is a professional administrative, management processes and rules established to guide the activities of the information providers and users on the permissible and non- permissible rights and obligations in the business of standard information generation and dissemination by the stakeholders.
It provides for the rules of engagement in accessing and assessing the library services as detailed in in the following pages.

Library Quality Objective

  • Provision an appropriate means and facilities for generation, documentation, preservation and dissemination of information on standards and standard related matters at both national and international levels;
  • Cataloging and classification of standards and other library materials within 7 working days of taking delivery;
  • Documentation and publishing of standards related publications on demand;
  • Promotion and marketing of national and international standard information to stakeholders at conference at office locations, conferences, trade fairs and exhibitions.


  • Record of library use and users
  • Quarterly and periodic library reports and statistics
  • Feedback from stakeholders including complaints
  • National Standards Database Management Logbook
  • Sales records


List of SON Publications

  • NIGERIAN INDUSTRIAL STANDARDS: There are over 1000 published Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS) covering different products (goods and services) from different human Endeavour. Prices vary depending upon the particular standard and number of pages. However, the minimum standard price N2000.00 per copy.
  • SON STANDARD CATALOGUE: This publication is the database of all SON Nigerian Industrial Standard list at periodic intervals usually one calendar year. It is for sale.
  • SON JOURNAL: This is a monthly technical journal of SON that contains research articles relevant to the activities of the Organization, technical papers delivered at conferences, seminars, and workshops relevant to standards, quality assurance and metrology. Price is free.
  • ANNUAL REPORT: This is a yearly report of the operations of the Organization over the preceding year. Price: Free.
  • SON IN BRIEF: Summarizes the profiles and activities SON. Price is free.
  • QUALITY ASSUARANCE AND FACTORY INSPECTION PROCEDURE GUIDELINES: Reflects activities in quality assurance and is free publication.
  • MANCAP IN BRIEF: This is the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme brief outlining the requirements of the scheme and is free.
  • SON IMPORT/EXPORT INSPECTION GUIDELINES: This is handbook is intended to educate all port users on their relationship with SON and is free.
  • ACCREDITATION AND CERTIFICATION OF LABORATORIES HANDBOOK: This highlights the roles of ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 9001:2008 on independent accreditation bodies and is free.
  • THE NIS CERTIFICATION MARK: This is a small pamphlet introducing the essential procedure and benefits of NIS mark to interested manufacturers.
  • REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CERTIFICATION MARK: This is another small pamphlet that specifies essential in-plant quality control system requirements to be met by manufacturers, seeking to be certified.


Library Collection

The library collection consist of over 200, 000 standards, specifications, test methods and technical regulations including journals and magazines issued from Nigeria and other major foreign national and international bodies such as:
  • Nigerian Industrial Standards (NIS)
  • British Standards Institute (BSI)
  • American Nation Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • American Standards Testing Materials(ASTM)
  • American Society for Mechanical Engineers(ASME)
  • German National Standards (DIN)
  • Japanese National Standards (JIS)
  • Korean Industrial Standards (KIS)
  • China National Standards (CIS)
  • Ghana Standards Board (GSB)
  • South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)
  • International Organisation for Standardization (ISO)
  • International Electro-technical Commission (IEC)
  • Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (IEEE)
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • Codex Alimentarius (FAO)
  • Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Other national standards