Students’ Use of Federal University Library, Gusau, Nigeria

Charles Nwabueze Chukwuji, AliyuTsafe Gadanga and Sayudi Sule
Keywords: Analysis, Students, Use of university library, Gusau, Nigeria
Library and Information Perspectives and Research 2020 2(1), 30-43. Published: September 11, 2020


The purpose of this study was to find out how undergraduates of Federal University Gusau, Nigeria use the library resources The descriptive survey design was used in the study. The population was 3,728 registered library users from the three faculties in Federal University Gusau Library, Nigeria. Proportionate stratified sampling technique was adopted to ensure equal participation of the subgroups (Faculties) in line with their respective population and Krejcie and Morgan (1970) formula table for determining sample size from a giving population was used. Sample population of 346 was arrived at. The instruments for data collection were Students‟ library registration record and a structured questionnaire. 346 questionnaires were distributed while 328 copies were returned and 282 was duly completed and found usable. The distribution tables for faculty, level and sex were analysed using simple percentage while the research questions were analysed using Mean and Standard Deviation (STD). The criterion mean, 2.50 and above was set for decision. 2.50 and above was considered positive (accepted) on any response to an item, mean score below 2.50 was negative (rejected). Major findings of the study are that Faculty of Science make most use of the Library. It was also found out that 200 and 300 level students make most use of the library. It was also discovered that Male students use the library more than their Female counterpart. Some of the challenges identified include lack of internet access, lack of information retrieval tools, opening hours etc. some recommendations were made including that the Library Management should enhance and provide more information retrieval tools (e.g OPAC, Index to its Serials materials etc.) to discourage users from going direct to the shelf to locate materials.