THE ROLE OF LIBRARY IN PROMOTING READING HABITS AMONG NIGERIANS
Aina, A. J.; Okusaga, T. O.; Taiwo, Adebowale and Ogundipe, T .C.
Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society
Reading stimulates imagination, encourages quick learning, widens views, expands horizons and, helps learning about different people and places. It encourages imagination and curiosity. Reading equally enhances acquisition of skills for handling complex ideas or issues. It appears the present and future generations in Nigeria are at risk of going straight from an oral to a digital culture, skipping over the writing and reading culture in the process. Library, being the nerve centre of any academic institution, is charged with such responsibility of making information available in different formats - digital, pictorial, audio-visual and in book form and promote effective library services - that will encourage reading culture among students. This paper examines the poor reading habits among the present day Nigerians, especially children and youth. It also considers the important role of the library towards inculcating permanent literacy through reading and, suggests what concerned stakeholders could do to promote reading culture in Nigeria.