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Abstract

The paper assessed resources in selected secondary school library media centres in Ondo, Ondo State. Resources in the study consist of human (library staff), physical (library building, tables, chairs and shelves) and information resources (printed and digital). Adequate and relevant resources in the school library media centre will encourage students and staff to patronize and make use of the library while inadequate and irrelevant resources will discourage users from making use of the library. The study was guided by six research questions. Survey research design was adopted for the study. Six secondary schools (three boys and three girls’ schools) in Ondo were purposively selected for the study. Questionnaire was used to collect data from the library staff while observation checklist was used to collect data on physical and information resources in the six school library media centres. Three boys and two girls were finally used for the study as the researchers were hindered from collecting data in one of the targeted girl’s schools. The study found that there were no qualified librarians in the selected secondary schools in Ondo while physical and information resources available in the libraries were inadequate in the majority of the sampled schools. These challenges need to be solved by the stakeholders in the school if reading culture is to be encouraged and achieving high academic achievement of students in the schools. The following recommendations among others were made to improve the resources in the schools: Ondo State government should employ school librarians in all the secondary school libraries in the state and purpose built school library media centres should be uphold in Ondo State in promoting reading culture

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