AVAILABILITY AND USE OF RESOURCES AND SERVICES OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN ANAMBRA STATE

  • Peter Nnamdi Ibe Nnewi Divisional Library, Nnewi

Abstract

This study investigated the available and use of the resources and services of public libraries of Anambra State. The descriptive research design was adopted for the study. The population comprised of two hundred and twenty respondents accidentally sampled during visits of the research questions guided the study. Checklist and documentary analysis of statistical records, as well as structured questionnaire were instruments adopted for the study. Tables, frequencies and percentages were used in the analysis. Major findings of the study were as follows: There are both human and material resources in the public Libraries, but no internet resources, less than 5% of Anambra State population patronize the public libraries, Onitsha Public Library is the most patronized while Amichi Public Library is the least patronized, consultation and patronage tend to be more in the urban areas than the rural areas, challenges included poor reading culture of the people, lack of awareness, lack of internet resources, unconducive environment, economic situation and lack of current books. Based on the findings and conclusion, the study recommended among others, Internet connection, public enlightenment programmes on public libraries, provision of modern facilities especially, in the rural area, relocation of the noisy libraries, as well as increased funding of the Public Libraries. 

Published
2019-01-08