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Cost of scholarly and educational publications has escalated and necessitates the shift from teaching, learning and research materials that are not easily accessed because of restrictive copyright laws and high cost to an opportunity of using the World Wide Web which helps institutions, students and faculty members meet equity of access missions, a platform for everyone to share, use and reuse teaching and learning materials with the resultant effect of increasing both student and faculty member achievement and educational goals. The study investigated promotion and awareness opportunities for academic libraries on the imperativeness using Open Educational Resources (OER) in Nigerian universities for teaching, learning and research. The study employed descriptive survey design method. The population of the study was one hundred and thirteen (113) obtained from three (3) university libraries in the South East, Nigeria, one hundred and ten questionnaires were completed and returned which represented 91% return rate. The research instruments used were structured questionnaire and oral interview schedule. Descriptive statistical techniques such as percentages, mean score, significant mean and standard deviation were used to analyse the data. Some of the findings that academic libraries should imbibe outreach skills, subject based guides, seminars and workshops to create awareness for OER, librarians should play advisory roles to faculties by integration of OER in their courses, offer advice to institutions, academic staff and students. The study recommended among others that academic libraries should mount aggressive awareness campaign and advocacy for increase use of OER to enhance teaching, learning and research.