IJEDST 2016 Volume 4 Issue 7

International Journal of Education, Development, Society and Technology (IJEDST) ISSN: 2321 – 7537

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Motives for Library Utilisation by the Undergraduate Basic Medical Students of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. Momodu .O. Margaret. IJEDST (2016), 4(7):72-77



Motives for Library Utilisation by the Undergraduate Basic Medical Students of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma

Authors & Affiliation:

Momodu .O. Margaret

Librarian, Ambrose Alli University Annex, Ambrose Alli University, Emaudo-Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria.



A recent study showed that the College of Medicine Research Year students do not utilize the library for their research. While this is a finding on “special case students”, the case of undergraduates not in final year remains unknown. Hence, this study aimed to assess the frequencies and motives for using the library among basic medical students not in their final year in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. The study is a descriptive cross sectional study conducted among students not in their final year in the Basic Medical Sciences of the College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria. Using a pre-tested questionnaire, data were collected from students who met the inclusion criteria and gave consent to participate in the study. A total of 174 students were recruited (22.7±1.6 years) consisting of 48.3% female and 51.7% male. While only 15.5% reported to use the library frequently (the five school days in a week), the main motives were for reading (68.39%) and conducting assignments (61.49%). On the other hand, the reasons for not frequently using the library were inadequate space (77.6%), uncomfortable study environment (77.6%) and sometimes the lack of interest (77.6%). These findings showed that students have reasons for not utilizing the library and thus the need for librarians and university administrates to take action and provide suitable interventions for library to meet its’ purpose.

Keywords: Library, Utilisation, Undergraduate, Medical students