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Prospects and constraints of the University of Cape Coast satellite libraries

Christopher Kwame Filson (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)
Gladys Ewurama Edumadze (University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)

The Bottom Line

ISSN: 0888-045X

Article publication date: 14 August 2017



The purpose of this study is to find out the prospects and the factors which militate against the smooth operations of the University of Cape Coast satellite libraries.


A well-structured questionnaire was used to solicit data from all the staff of the 31 satellite libraries on the Campus of the University of Cape Coast. To ensure reliable findings, the survey approach was used. The first part of the questionnaire looked at the status of staff of the satellite libraries. The second part dealt with the information resources of the libraries, services provided by the libraries and staff developmental issues, while the last part solicited information on the challenges of these libraries. The quantitative data obtained mainly from the questionnaire were analysed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS).


Some of the major findings are as follows: staff of the satellite libraries have the opportunity to upgrade themselves academically; the Main Library organised a series of in-service training for the staff of the satellite libraries; majority of the staff of the satellite libraries were non-professional and inadequate; and the majority of the satellite libraries were ill equipped, lack of simple working materials like accession registers and stamps, and lack of recognition of library staff by administrators, lecturers and students.

Research limitations/implications

The major components of a library are the building, staff and information resources; however, the study was limited to the staff and information resources, but excludes the building in which the libraries were housed.

Practical implications

Functional satellite libraries are required to support the activities of the main libraries.

Social implications

Satellite libraries are to support the main library to achieve its vision and mission; hence, their ineffectiveness affects the parent institution.


Satellite libraries support the main libraries in accomplishing their vision and mission, but it can be noted that much has been written on the main libraries, and is it high time the state, management and challenges of satellite libraries were exposed.



Filson, C.K. and Edumadze, G.E. (2017), "Prospects and constraints of the University of Cape Coast satellite libraries", The Bottom Line, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 120-131.



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