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The paper discusses the importance of leadership on innovative practices in academic libraries in Nigeria. Academic libraries are expected to provide services in all forms, they provide reference services, technical, readers’ services and so on, and also providing information resources in all kinds of format .Being a routine-like organization, users will desire new methods and expect creativity. Without creativity, turnout to the library may be less. Hence, good and innovative library leadership is important to keep its relevance to the university. It is therefore crucial for academic libraries to have effective leadership that will foster creativity and innovative practices. This paper therefore stated relevant leadership traits and skills that will foster innovation and suggested innovative practices that may be adopted in academic libraries in Nigeria.