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Resource sharing challenges and prospects in Nigerian university libraries

Stella Anasi (Acquisition Section, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria)
Hussaini Ali (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 10 August 2012




The purpose of this paper is to examine the barriers to effective resource sharing among academic libraries in Nigeria.


Professional librarians from six randomly selected federal university libraries representing the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria were surveyed using a descriptive survey research design. Questionnaires were sent to 124 librarians; 85 were returned and found to be usable, for a response rate of 68.5 per cent.


The study revealed that the prospect for resource sharing among university libraries in Nigeria is high. However, factors that hinder effective resource sharing include inadequate funding, a dearth of skilled librarians, power outages, an absence of web‐accessible OPACs, uneven development of libraries, and slow progress of library automation. It is recommended that each university library have a specific annual budget allocation for ICT development and maintenance and for training of librarians to pilot resource sharing projects.


This paper presents resource‐sharing challenges facing academic libraries in Nigeria. It encourages information professionals to embark on capacity building for effective resource sharing. This paper was prepared for the 12th Interlending and Document Supply Conference, held in September 2011.



Anasi, S. and Ali, H. (2012), "Resource sharing challenges and prospects in Nigerian university libraries", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 40 No. 3, pp. 156-162.



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