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This study, carried out at Uganda College of Commerce, Tororo Uganda examined the reading habits of students in the digital era in order to propose strategies for enhanced library and information services provision.
This study utilized cross-sectional survey design with mixed-methods approach. Data were collected using questionnaire and interview. Quantitative and qualitative data analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS) and thematic analysis respectively. The study population two hundred forty-two students and 15 staff members of Uganda College of Commerce, Tororo.
It was established that students at Uganda College of Commerce, Tororo mostly read to pass examinations, and textbooks are the most used information resources. Students prefer print to digital information resources. It also emerged that lack of the Internet was the biggest challenge affecting students’ reading. Therefore, the study recommends development of information literacy programmes, institutional repositories and subscription to electronic resources among measures to enhance students’ reading habits higher education institutions.
This study is a contribution to the scanty literature about reading habits in higher education institutions and the findings inform future planning and development of library and information services in higher education institutions in Uganda and sub Saharan Africa.
Keywords: Reading habits, academic libraries, Uganda, Uganda College of Commerce Tororo