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Achieving quality education is a challenge for many developing countries. One of the problems leading to this challenge is the inability of governments to invest in the development and management of effective school libraries. The school library is a hub of knowledge for students and teachers. Thus, it plays a paramount role in the ability of students to achieve the desired level of literacy and numeracy. As a result, school libraries need to be fully equipped and have effective library services to support the teaching and learning process. This paper enumerates the problems that hinder effective school library services in developing countries. The main aim is to provide a picture of the status of school libraries in developing countries. Of which, if the situation is not addressed it will be difficult for developing countries to reach their desired level of development and be knowledge based economies. These challenges include; poor staffing practices, poor funding, lack of a library policy, poor ICT infrastructure, poor library facilities, and lack of awareness of the importance of school libraries. The findings in this paper are based on literature review and author’s own experience/observations. Only current sources which are within the 10 year window of publication were selected.