The library was established in 1988, four years after the establishment of the Court, under the stewardship of Hon Justice Dahiru Sale (rtd), the pioneer Chief Judge of FCT High Court. The library started in Wuse District, Zone 5 in a place that was previously a court room, big enough to accommodate the relatively small library materials and staff. As the court grows the library grows with it and the library had since moved to three different locations; Maitama Court Complex, Apo Court Complex and Magistrates’ Court Complex in Wuse Zone 2. In Maitama Court Complex the library has enough room to accommodate 40 library users and all of them with connections to the E-library. In Apo Court Complex library there is room for 12 users and 16 users in Magistrates’ Court Complex library. All would be connected to the e-library as the infrastructural provision is almost completed. Soon, there would be another library in the new High Court Complex in Kado. Acquisition of library materials is a continuous exercise and has essentially been the sole responsibility of the court, except for a few instances when donations were received from such organizations as World Book Aid International. As at 2012, the library has a little over 35,000 books including those in the chambers of Hon Judges and the Magistrates.
The library started operation as a unit directly under the Chief Registrar, lived under Litigation Department and grew into full pledged Department in 2012 to face the challenging growth of the court. It has staff strength of 17 dedicated mixture of professional and Para-professionals. It opens 8.30am – 4.00pm Mondays – Fridays. As a matter of policy, the library is a non-lending library but Honourable judges of the court are exempted from this rule. However, it is comforting enough to say that in all locations, staff and members of the public are allowed access to all available materials. The library intends to continue to provide the traditional services to both the public and members of the court community, but some aspects of the e-library service are only to registered clients. However, members of the public are allowed access to only the OPAC (online public access catalog) service.Finally, this library intends to achieve full digitization in no distant future so that legitimate library users can access all the contents all the time from anywhere in the world.