Academic Library as Effective Tool for Achieving Intellectual Freedom among Undergraduate Students in Universities in Kwara State

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Ilorin Varsity International Journal of Library & Information Science


This study examines the academic library as an effective instrument in achieving intellectual freedom among undergraduate students in universities in Kwara State. The study adopted a descriptive survey design and the data was collected using a questionnaire. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to select 359 respondents for the study and a questionnaire was administered to all respondents from which 336 were returned and found useful for data analysis. Data collected were analyzed using frequency tables and simple percentages. The findings indicate that majority of the respondents are aware of intellectual freedom and familiar with freedom of expression, opinion, freedom to seek information and have freedom of access to information without interference. The study revealed that the majority of the respondents see the library as an information center and knowledge repository where they can acquire updated information to satisfy their information needs. Academic libraries have not fully adopted intellectual freedom, and the library bill of Rights, code of ethics, freedom of information, access to information, and copyright law are not effective among undergraduates through the use of academic libraries in Kwara state. This can be premised on the poor funding of the academic libraries by the university administration which has hindered the provision of necessary information materials on intellectual freedom by academic libraries. The study recommended that there should be policies on the ethical conduct of libraries and academic libraries should provide adequate orientations to their users on intellectual freedom.



Academic Libraries, Intellectual Freedom, Information, Undergraduate Students.