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Stock acquisition in alex ekwueme library Federal polytechnic, oko Anambra state.

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Stock acquisition in alex ekwueme library Federal polytechnic, oko Anambra state.


This research work deals with stock acquisition with a reference to Alex Ekwueme Library, Federal polytechnic, Oko.

Acquisition is a means by which books and non book materials are collected in a library. The librarian glossary  (2001) defined acquisition as a process of acquiring or the department concerned with acquiring for the library.

In chapter one of this research study, there are problems militating against stock acquisition in Alex Ekwueme library such as lack of fund to build up the library stock, there is a problem of staffing and inadequacy of reading space and furniture.

Chapter two of this research study deals with literature review which discusses the following headings: acquisition, acquisition policy, library materials/stocks, types of library stocks, methods of acquisition, problems of stock acquisition and selection tools.

Chapter three of this research study is research methodology which the research adopted survey research/designs because survey deals with interview and questionnaires.

Chapter four of this research study discusses presentation and analysis of data which were drawn and gathered from the research questions as follows:

  1. What are various methods of acquiring library materials at Alex Ekwueme library?
  2. Are there procedures of book acquisition in the library
  • What are the needs for stock acquisition in academic libraries?
  1. What types of materials are to be acquired in the library?

Based on the findings, the researcher indicated that the main reason for stock acquisition is for dissemination of information.

Chapter five deals with summary, conclusion, recommendation and suggestion for further study. The researcher recommends that the institution management should not depend on government grant alone but should try to allocate more funds for the acquisition of library stocks/materials.


Title page                                                                           i

Approval page                                                                  ii

Dedication                                                                        iii

Acknowledgement                                                          iv

Abstract                                                                             v

Table of contents                                                            vi


1.1   Introduction                                                                     1

1.2   Statement of problem                                                    7

1.3   Objectives of the study                                                  8

1.4   Scope of the study                                                          8

1.5   Significance of the study                                               9

1.6   Research questions                                                        9

1.7   Definition of terms                                                        10


2.0   Literature review                                                               14

2.1   Concepts of library and its functions                             14

2.2   Acquisition                                                                          15

2.3   Acquisition policy                                                              17

2.4   Library materials/stocks                                                  18

2.5   Types of library stock                                                       18

2.6   Methods of acquisition                                                    20

2.7   Problems of acquisition                                                   22


3.0   Research methodology                                                   26

3.1   Research design                                                                26

3.2   Area of study                                                                     26

3.3   Population                                                                         27

3.4   Sample and sampling technique                                   27

3.5   Treatment procedure                                                       28

3.6   Validity of instrument                                                      28

3.7   Distribution and retrieval of the instrument               28

3.8   Data analysis technique                                                   28


4.0   Presentation and analysis of data                                    29

4.1   Presentation and data/findings                                        29

4.2   Discussion/findings                                                            32


5.0   Summary, Conclusion, Recommendation, Suggestion     33

5.1   Summary                                                                                      33

5.2   Recommendations                                                                     34

5.3   Conclusion                                                                                   35

5.4   Suggestion for further studies                                                 36

References                                                                                            37

Appendixes                                                                                           38

Questionnaires                                                                                     39


Background of the study

The quality of service provided by any library will be determined by the richness of its collection. According to oxford advanced learner’s dictionary 8th edition, stock is a supply of something that is available for use.

Stock in library terms refers to book and non book materials in a given library.

The term acquisition means different thing to different people. Evans, (2000) defined acquisition as the process of securing materials for the library collection, whether by purchase as gifts or through exchange programs.

Gorman (1998) described acquisition as the procedure which is primarily concerned with ordering, claiming and receipt of materials for the library.

Acquisition according to Bakare (1999) is the means by which books and non book material are collected in a library or group of libraries.


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