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Universities are charged with the responsibilities of imparting knowledge and conducting research among other roles. They must therefore be equipped with relevant resources if they must meet challenges placed on them by academic activities. In this regard, this paper has surveyed the essence of university education and its history in Nigeria. The objectives of university libraries and their true characters are also under the purview of the paper. Further, the types of users and the roles the university libraries play are x-rayed. Based on the identified problems recommendations for giving the university libraries a befitting status are made.As education forms the bedrock
of any national development the university education becomes central in national development and economic emancipation.In this
regard the author recommends proper attention for the growth of university libraries.