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Theft and Mutilation of Library Materials in Academic Libraries: The Case Study of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Kano State, Nigeria

Mustapha Idris; Usman Hassan and Firdausi Abdul-Qadir

Journal Title:Journal of Research in Education and Society

This research is on theft and mutilation of library materials in academic library: the Case of Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil, Kano, Nigeria. It is no doubt a known fact that what motivates the developments of a society is the ability to get the right information at the right time and one of the agencies in this drive is the library. However, the effective services of the library depend very strongly on the availability of needed materials. Theft and mutilation of library materials has been identified as one of the major blocks against this all- important body especially in academic libraries. This work, therefore,aims to ascertain the level of theft and mutilation in academic library. In accomplishing this task, interviews were conducted and copies of questionnaire were also administered to the various units of the library and the student. Also, discussions were systematically made with the staff of the library in addition to the researcher’s personal observation. Random sampling was employed to select participants for the study. Data were analysed using frequency counts and simple percentage. The study recommends among others that there is need to educate library users, give proper library orientation periodically for the users to acquaint the importance of books in education and how mutilation could be an obstacle to the services rendered by libraries