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This study focuses on the need for academic libraries to adopt open source software technology for effective library services in Imo State, Nigeria. Descriptive survey research method was used to elicit responses. About 82 respondents consisting of librarians from the six academic institutions in the state were used for the study. Consequently, 82 copies of the questionnaire were administered and 63 representing 78% were returned. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data gathered. The results indicated that out of the 6 academic libraries involved in the study 1 is presently using D space and word press while others are yet to commence any form of a digital management system. The finding of the study shows that certain factors such as lack of technological knowledge for its adoption 58(92%) passive attitude towards the use of technology by management 53(84%) lack of Internet facilities to download and use software 50 (79%) amidst others were found to be militating against the provision and utilization of information resources and services. The study recommends that academic libraries should key into the open source technology because it is free, stable, adaptable and supported by a network of global community. This is imperative for academic libraries in Nigeria to bring back their users.