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Information literacy has been used successfully the world over as a strategy to improve access to information resources that usually cost a lot of money but, due to lack of awareness and skills of utilization, result in low or no usage at all. Most local institutions of higher learning have implemented programs that are either embedded in their curriculum or spontaneous to maximize usage. It is essential to assess or evaluate these programs' efficiency and effectiveness and use the feedback to plan for improvements. This study sought to assess and investigate the role of information literacy programs in enhancing information access in institutions of higher learning. The objectives were to examine students' perception of information literacy programs, determine the level of collaboration between the library staff and the faculty, find out the significant challenges encountered in the provision of information literacy programs, and suggest ways of addressing the challenges. The study used a descriptive design method, and the sample comprised 46 respondents made up of 42 students and four library staff from Marist International University College. The study used both questionnaires and interview guides as the data collection instruments. Significant findings of this study show that the students have a positive attitude towards Information Literacy programs. It was noted that there are adequate, relevant and up to date teaching and learning resources while instructional methods were found to be effective. The collaboration between faculty and librarians was also found to be conducive. The program faces many challenges, such as the non-inclusion of some categories of students, lack of training in teaching methods and lack of computer literacy skills among students and staff. The study recommends that library staff collaborate with the faculty, especially in developing and evaluating an acceptable curriculum. Teaching methodologies by the library staff should be improved by carrying out regular evaluations to find out their shortcomings and rectify them accordingly. The students should inculcate a positive attitude towards information literacy. Students should also acquire other related skills, such as computer literacy skills that are prerequisites for becoming a competent information literate person. The institutions of higher learning should be well equipped with adequate and up-to-date resources to support the IL curriculum.