Perceived Effect of Students’ Antisocial Behavior on Library Services in Tertiary Institutions Libraries in Cross River State, Nigeria
Ntui, Aniebiet Inyang, Eyong Isu Usang, Kekayo Osuolale Ayanlade

This study investigated perceived effect of students’ antisocial behavior on library services in tertiary institution libraries in Cross River State, Nigeria. Six null hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The survey research design was used for the study. The population consisted of 4,079 library users. The sample involved 1,232 library users from four tertiary institutions of higher learning in Cross River State. The questionnaire was the major instrument used for data collection. The collected data were analyzed using simple percentages. Results of the analysis showed that: antisocial behaviour in the libraries like mutilation of library materials, defacing of library materials, hiding of library materials in between shelves, theft of library materials, withholding of library materials beyond due date and noise affects library services significantly. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that: users should be sensitized on the harmful effects of library abuse on reading and research. Mutilated materials should be exhibited with focus on the damages done, and how expensive it will be to repair or replace them. Efforts should be made to provide multiple copies of materials as well as adequate facilities for photocopying. Furthermore, a much more liberal lending policy should be embarked upon by the library. Also surveillance cameras could be used to monitor the activities of both staff and patrons.

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