How to Get ISBN Number in Nigeria


Have you just written a book and would like to sell it internationally?

I’m sure it would be nice to have your book displayed in bookstores all over the world as well as online without any hassles.

But to do this, you must have the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) for your book.

This is to authenticate the ownership of your book and to tag it as unique.

It comprises of 13 numeric digits of a Standard Book Numbering code. Where

  • The first 3 digits represents International code
  • Next 3 digits is the country identifier
  • Next 3 digits is the publisher identifier
  • Next 3 digits is the title identifier and
  • last digit is the check digit (for automatic check for correctness by computers)
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Let us take a look at how to get your ISBN number in Nigeria.

The first step is to pay a visit to any ISBN office. The office is located in the National Library (in Abuja or Lagos) of Nigeria and is charged with the issuance of ISBN.

You will need to submit the following:

  1. A completed form to apply for ISBN.
  2. An ISBN application letter to accompany the form, and should be written on your company’s letter headed paper
  3. A photocopy of your certificate of incorporation that was issued to you via Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
  4. A printed copy of the manuscript of the book for which you seek to obtain an ISBN for.
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At the point of submission, you will also be required to pay a registration fee to commence the processing and within a short period your number will be issued to you.

Sometimes, you might not have all the necessary requirements when you get the application form. You are allowed to leave with the form, but you must submit all the required documents along with the completed form within two weeks of obtaining the form.

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  1. Ejike Joel

    Thanks for the information but please can someone tell me where the office is situated in Ado Ekiti

  2. usoro

    pls Sir, how much will it cost to get ISBN number

  3. usoro

    how much will it cost to get ISBN number

  4. Best Nwachinemere

    Hi!
    Am in Aba. Where do I locate your office.
    Furthermore, I don’t intend to publish in Nigeria, do I still need to apply?

  5. Obulor Queen

    Apart From Lagos And Abuja Where Else Can I Locate An Isbn Office In Nigeria

    1. Pericles Chukwudi Oparanozie

      Please how do I locate the National library office in Lagos?

  6. ABDULGHAFFAR ISHOLA

    PLEASE MY NOVEL IS ABOUT TO BE PRINTED OUT AND I NEED AN ISBN NUMBER I AM IN LAGOS STATE. PLEASE SOMEONE SHOULD HELP ME OUT

    1. Pericles Chukwudi Oparanozie

      Please how do I locate the National library office in Lagos?

  7. Inyang E Sunday

    Gudday Sir, pls i need an ISBN number

  8. Mudassir muhammad

    I need ISBN

  9. Adekola Temitayo

    pls sir, can i get any of your office in Ogun State.

  10. Emmanuel nnanna

    Pls where is the office found in nigeria and i am in aba my novel is about to be printed pls help out

  11. Phassy Law Wordsmith

    Thank you for the information!

  12. Amoo Foluso Oladeji

    where is there office in ibadan

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