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This study investigates the management and preservation of non-book materials at the University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University and Ladoke Akintola University. Relevant literature on the need for management, preservation, importance, challenges and factors responsible for deterioration of this non-book materials as well as remedies, suggestion and/or recommendations for improvement was reviewed. The descriptive survey research design was adopted for this study. The study population consisted of one hundred and forty one (141) staff in the three selected university libraries. The population of the study consists of para-professionals and professionals librarian. Data were collected using questionnaire and interview. Data collected, were analyzed using descriptive statistical techniques, frequency counts and percentages. The study provides answers to five research questions posed. The result of the study revealed that the three libraries recruited more male staff than their female counterpart. It was revealed that the three libraries lacked adequate preservation policy, security guards, photocopy services as well as inadequate funding. It was also revealed that dust and particles serves as one of the greatest problem to management and preservation of non-book materials in the three selected university libraries. Based on these findings, the following were recommended: provision of working preservation policy, provision of functional air-conditioner to regulate the temperature and humidity of the storage area, an alternative power supply should be provided to check the constant power failure currently being experienced in the three universities libraries, training and retraining of staff through seminars, workshops or short courses in management and preservation; adequate funding should be provided especially for preservation programmes.
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