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Uzuegbu, C,P. & Ibiyemi, O. T. (2013). Item community high school library: A reflection of school libraries in Nigeria. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal). Available at


This study examines the status of Item Community High School library in an attempt to showcase the state of school libraries in Nigeria. The research investigates the personnel, facility and material availability in the library as well as the extent of use of the library by teachers and students. The questionnaire and observation research methods were used to collect data for the study. Apart from observing that the library lacks materials and facilities, the results of the study further show that the school has no person at the moment to man the library. As a result, the library has been shut down for more than one year. Regrettably, a total of 166 potential library users, comprising of teachers and students of the school, are denied access to and use of Item Community High School library. This is a state that is alarming and needs both professional and government intervention.