Publisher: Centre For Social Science Research, Enugu

Public Library Services and The Attainment of The Social Well Being of Users In Enugu State

Linda I. Anyalebechi, Adaora J. Udo-anyanwu
KEYWORDS: PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICES AND THE ATTAINMENT OF THE SOCIAL WELL BEING OF USERS IN ENUGU STATE

ABSTRACT:

The study was carried out to investigate public library services and the attainment of social well being in Enugu State. Seven research questions bothering on availability of resources for public libraries services were posed and answered by the study. The study employed survey research design for gathering data, through the use of structured questionnaire. The population of the study was 1,667 registered users of the branch libraries studied out of which a sample of 333 was drawn. The data collected was analyzed using frequency tables and simple percentages. The findings of the study revealed that the main areas of need of the respondents for using the public library are information, education and social; reference materials, government publications, serials/journals and textbooks are provided for users; none of the information resources provided for users is highly adequate; all the libraries studied do not provide mobile library service; respondents are highly satisfied with only reprographic, reference and extensions services; inadequate resources, traditional library practice, lack of awareness and poor reading culture are the main challenges hindering the use of library services for social well being of the users. As a result of these findings, the study made some recommendations which are: that the government of Enugu State should make library development a top priority; mobile library services should be revitalized to ensure effective service delivery; there should be internet connectivity to help the public library staff and users to join millions of the world population in the global village and public libraries should not depend wholly on government subvention.



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