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Date of this Version

Summer 7-1-2019


Okwor, R.N., Ihekwoaba, E.C. and Agunwamba, C. (2019) Acquisition and Provision of Government Publications for Satisfaction of Users’ Information Needs in Nigerian University Libraries


The purpose of this paper is to determine the strategies for enhancing the acquisition of government publications in Nigerian university libraries. The study seeks to identify the kinds of government documents acquired in university libraries in Nigeria; ascertain the ways they are acquired; determine appropriate ways they documents should be acquired in the libraries; identify the problems affecting their acquisition, and determine strategies for enhancing their acquisition in the libraries. The design of this study is a descriptive survey. The study focused on three academic libraries in the South East geopolitical zone of Nigeria namely: Nnamdi Azikiwe Library, University of Nigeria; Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Library, Umudike and Festus Nwako Library, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. The population of this study comprises of 78 academic librarians in the three university libraries involved in the study. A questionnaire, observation checklist, and oral interview were used in collecting relevant data for the study. Frequency count, percentage and mean were used to analyze the items in the questionnaire. Based on the analysis and the findings, the following recommendations are made: all the Nigerian government presses both at the federal parastatals and state levels should be required by law to publish and distribute at least ones in six months, the lists of all the items they published; There should be increased funds for the management of academic libraries so as to accommodate the increasing purchase of more government publications and taking care of currency; government document libraries should be engaged fully in online subscription of government publications, among others.



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