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The study investigated the utilization of media managerial tools and electronic library in adult literacy centres as a strategy for curbing COVID-19 pandemic in Enugu State, Nigeria. Descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The population of the study was four hundred and sixty-five (465) adult literacy facilitators in Enugu State while the sample size of 325 facilitators in Enugu State, was adopted as the respondents. The study was guided with three (3) research Questions and (1) hypothesis. The instrument for data collection was a questionnaire with 18 items titled “Utilization of media managerial tools and electronic library in adult literacy centres” (UMMTEALC). The instrument was validated by three experts. Two experts from Department of adult education and extra moral studies and one expert from Department of library and information science education, all from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The instrument was trial-tested using five (5) male facilitators and ten (10) female facilitators which is outside the study area. Cronbach Alpha technique was used to establish the reliability coefficient of 0.89. The data collected were analyzed using mean and standard deviation (SD). t-test was used in testing the hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. The findings of the study revealed that inadequate power supply in the literacy centres, poor time management allotted in operating media managerial tools, and poor internet connection in electronic libraries are the major challenges to the proper utilization of media managerial tools and e-library in adult literacy centres in Enugu State. Base on the findings, it was recommended among others that the state government of Enugu State should provide computers, laptops, tablets, internet connection, and alternative power supply such as solar energy system in order to enhance online teaching and learning of adult literacy programmes as this will help in cushioning the effect of the COVID-19 global pandemic. More so, the federal, state and local government authorities should map out a considerable percentage of their budget for adult literacy programme to enable them purchase and maintain multi-media-facilities. Finally, the school administrators should sensitize the learners and facilitators on the use and efficacy of e-library to enable them access current information for effective teaching and learning.