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The impact of the academic library on education and research cannot be overemphasized. It serves as a mainstay for all institutions of learning and research powerhouse for students and faculty. This study investigated the extent of postgraduate history students’ library use and research skills in state and federal universities in Nigeria. A total of 170 postgraduate history students from state and federal universities were selected using a random sampling method to ascertain the extent to which postgraduate history students use the library and research skills. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire titled extent of postgraduate history students’ library use and research skills questionnaire. The data were analyzed mean and standard deviation and t-test at a probability level of 0.05. The data analysis showed a low extent of library use by postgraduate history students. The study also found that there is no significant difference in postgraduate history students’ extent of library use and research skills in state and federal universities. It is suggested that introducing research skills training in the academic program of postgraduate history students would positively affect the extent of library use.