Public Libraries in the country are no doubt battling to remain relevant and facing multiple challenges such as a dearth of infrastructure, paucity of funds, advent of ICT as well as poor reading culture.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) survey across the six geo-political zone had revealed that public library services are going through hard times.

Mr Olakanmi Adigun, the Director of Public Library Services in the Oyo State Library Board, said that financial constraints constituted the major challenge facing the library beside epileptic power supply hindering its effective running in the state.

Adigun, who acknowledged that the advent of the internet is discouraging many Nigerians from visiting the library for their reading and research, dismissed the notion that conventional library would, in the long run, lose its appeal.

According to him, the state library board serves readers current books, journal and newspapers aside from the e-library services is available for online readers and research work

The director attributed the state’s inability to restock the library regularly to the state of the economy which has just come out of recession as the government does not release funds as the library is expected to be funded.

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