Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Date of this Version

6-2016

Abstract

Abstract

Polytechnic libraries play pivotal roles in the sustenance and advancement of the academic activities of their parent institutions. They bridge the gap between the vast information resources available in different disciplines and polytechnics through their services. This article evaluates the use of polytechnic libraries in Nigeria focusing on the Federal Polytechnic Offa library, Kwara State, Nigeria. Stratified random sampling technique was used to select 250 respondents from 1000 registered library users; while 230 copies of the questionnaire were retrieved representing a response rate of 92%. The analysis of data was based on frequency counts, percentages, mean score and confidence interval. Findings revealed that textbooks, journals, reference materials and newspaper/magazines are the mostly utilised information resources in the library and are consulted frequently. Most respondents used the library to prepare for examinations while Internet services and photocopy services are the mostly utilised library services. Factors like insufficient information resources, inadequate awareness of the available information resources and inability of users to utilize the electronic information resources on their own hinder the effective usage of the library information resources. Recommendations were made to improve the use of polytechnic libraries in Nigeria.

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