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This study investigated awareness of Institutional Repositories (IRs) amongst students of the Department of Library and Information Science, the Federal Polytechnic Offa. Descriptive survey research design was adopted; one hundred and fifty (150) students, which constituted the sample for the study, were selected using simple random sampling technique. Questionnaire was the instrument for data collection and data were analyzed using simple frequencies and percentages. From the study, it was established that the respondents were aware of institutional repositories and that there was an institutional repository at the Federal Polytechnic, Offa. Also, it was revealed that lectures/lecturers (33.1%) were the respondents’ most indicated source of information about the existence of an IR in the institution, followed by library/librarian (18.2%). Further, findings showed that respondents had a positive attitude towards IR development as majority (47.9%) strongly agreed that IRs were a good idea; followed by those (26.5%) that indicated ‘agreed’. It was recommended that the institution’s IR would require more advocacy to create an all-round awareness and patronage for it; also the government should increase funding for institutions to aid in Information and Communication Technologies’ development.