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The study investigated the bibliographic control practices available and adopted by the National Library of Nigeria (NLN) in the digital age. Three objectives and one hypothesis guided the study. Descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The population of the study was 736 staff of the National Library of Nigeria. The sample size was 178 comprising staff in the five departments purposively selected. The sampling technique used comprised a combination of purposive sampling and complete census of the sampled size. Structured questionnaire and checklist were the instruments used for data collection. Descriptive and inferential statistics, using mean and standard deviation, were the methods adopted for data analysis, while simple percentage was used for the checklist. The findings revealed that majority of the bibliographic control practices studied, 29 (65.9%) were available, while 15 (34.1%) were not available. In addition, out of the 14 items studied on ICT tools available for effective bibliographic control practices, 11 (78.6%) were available, while 3 (21.4%) were not available. The findings also revealed that the NLN highly adopts bibliographic control practices, with a cluster mean of 2.69 (.85. The hypothesis tested at 0.05 level of significance, using ANOVA showed f-value of .153, which indicated that there is no significant difference in the mean responses of the three categories of respondents on the bibliographic control practices adopted in the NLN. The study made some recommendations and concluded that it is imperative for the NLN to improve on her bibliographic control practices by making it to be ICT driven. This will enhance her effectiveness in providing adequate access to Nigeria’s national intellectual output and contribute effectively to universal bibliographic control as well as universal availability of publications.