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Information was sought on the level of collaboration between academic libraries and known key players championing the prevention and control of COVID-19, the activities carried out in compliance with set protocols, information services offered, and the challenges faced. Results showed moderate level of collaboration and very limited direct synergistic interaction with public health groups, while they provided patrons with an avenue to source updates from library websites. There was high compliance with COVID-19 prevention guidelines; however, there was no specialized COVID-19 information service desk for patrons' inquiries. Libraries participated in the dissemination of COVID-19 information during the pandemic, especially to host communities, even though they were constrained by a lack of funds during the process. Increased budgeting be increased; re-orientation of library personnel, the establishment of pandemic information desk, and stronger collaborations are needed to mitigate the fear and health challenges created by the pandemic.