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This research work focused on the mindset of librarians in the promotion of African Culture Vis – A – Vis Nigeria as a Nation. The culture of a people had been identified as the identity of such people. Taking a cursory look at Nigeria, as a nation in the continent of Africa, the invasion of European world had greatly influenced our ways of life. Libraries established by our colonial masters could not meet our indigenous needs. After independence, efforts were being made to enhance and promote our cultural values. The study unleashed the perception of librarians about our culture with Nigeria as a case study.

The descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population for the study consisted of forty – five (45) librarians purposively selected from three (3) university libraries in Nigeria; namely: Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile – Ife; Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, and the University of Lagos Library, Akoka, Lagos. These university libraries were selected because they are old institutions in the history of Nigeria and they contain resources on cultural artifacts from which generalization was made. Questionnaire was used as instrument for data gathering. Out of forty – Eight (48) questionnaires administered, forty – five (45) were returned valid.

Data gathered were analyzed using simple frequency, percentages and four – point Lickert Scale of Strongly Agreed (SA), Agreed (A), Disagree (D), and Strongly Disagree (SD). A bench mark of 2.5 was set for the weighted mean from which conclusions were drawn.

The result of the findings revealed the perception of Librarians about African culture. The roles they play in its promotion were also identified.