Extended Hours in Academic Libraries: the Experiences of Three Public Universities in South Western Nigeria
Isaac Olugbenga Ajala, Adesoji Adeola Arinola, Ganiyu Ojo Adigun, Thomas Ayinla Ogunmodede

This study investigated the experiences of three randomly selected public university libraries in Southwestern Nigeria with regard to extended hours of library services. The descriptive method was used in carrying out the research. One thousand one hundred and twelve (1112) were returned out of the one thousand one hundred and fifty five (1155) questionnaires randomly distributed to students in the selected sample space. The data was analyzed using frequency tables and percentages. Result from the study revealed that the major reason why students visit the library during extended hours was to do serious studies which have hitherto brought positive impact on students ‘academic performances. Although several unruly behaviors abound during these hours. The paper thus recommends the need for adoption of extended hour services throughout the semester alongside adequate security provisions. This paper provides valuable information on the impact of extended hour services in some selected university libraries in south-western Nigeria.

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