Welcome Message

Welcome to the Richard McMillan Library of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ). With our user-friendly interface, we aim to provide easy navigation and access to the variety of materials in our collection. The Library also seeks to serve students and lecturers in the University Community, the Ghanaian public and the entire African continent.

It is the Library’s aim to meet the information needs and provide services to facilitate academic and research work. To this end, our collection has been carefully selected to reflect the core programs of the Institute, i.e. Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising and Communication Studies.

The Library is also aligned with the Institute’s vision of becoming the preferred communications training institute in Africa, upholding high academic standards and producing world class professionals for the transformation of society. Hence, we go out of our way to ensure availability of relevant and up-to-date information materials to our patrons.

You are welcome to make suggestions and show concerns as to how to make your experience with our services better. Kindly reach out to any of our affable staff with your feedback. Thank you for coming and I wish you an enjoying and rewarding patronage.

– Mrs Lydia Nyantekyi-Baah (Head Librarian)

Brief History

The Institute’s LIBRARY was established in 1960 and named after the first director of the Institute, Mr. Richard McMillan. It was reorganised in 2007 to help serve the needs of the Institute in its new role as a degree awarding university. The Library provides information in print format for its patrons in support of teaching, learning, research and publication. About 70% of the library holdings are on communication studies and the English language. The Library collection is made up of books, periodicals and electronic resources. There are approximately 9,000 reference textbooks and 4,000 students’ dissertations. It is also a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH) which gives access to several electronic databases. The Library has a seating capacity of 100 and an automated circulation system. In addition, the library has 70 computers. The graduate students’ library also has seven computers and resources for their academic and research work. The Library now has over 5000 registered users and is staffed by four professional and three para-professional library workers.


The Richard McMillan Library, by means of modern skills in managing academic libraries will insure optimum access and delivery of information to the Institute. As associates in teaching and research, we will excel in: collecting, preserving, and providing access to the best scholarly and educational resources; providing high quality, innovative services; and creating a welcoming and comfortable physical environment. We will foster an atmosphere that encourages diversity, excellence, and continued growth in finding ways to achieve the Institute’s goals.


  • The Library serves the knowledge and information needs of the Institute and the general public.
  • The Library provides quality resources and innovative services to stimulate creativity, intellectual curiosity, lifelong learning and research.
  • The Library is receptive to students and their instructional needs, to faculty and their teaching and research needs, and to administrators and their information needs.
  • The Library offers an environment conducive to creating and sharing of information and conducting scholarly research.

Core Values

We believe the Library is central to the intellectual and creative lives of the people we serve.

We are committed to:

  • Prompt response
  • Mutual respect and civility
  • Quality service
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Life-long learning
  • Collaboration
  • Responsible stewardship

Opening Hours

Semester in session

Monday – Friday:

8:30am – 7:30pm

Saturday – Sunday:

10:00am – 4:00pm

Inter-semester break

Monday – Friday:

8:30am – 4:00pm

Search the Library

OPAC Search: Textbooks (Subject, Author, Title, ISBN, Call No.)

Dissertation/Thesis Search: (Title, Subject, Keyword, Author, Year)

Past Questions: (Subject, Year, Semester, Lecturer)

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