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The Ripple Effects of the 2008 Global Credit Crunch on Library Services: A Survey of Public University Libraries in Zambia

Author Affiliations

  • 1University of Zambia Library, P.O. Box 32379, Lusaka, Zambia

Res. J. Library Sci., Volume 4, Issue (7), Pages 5-9, September,21 (2016)


This paper investigates how public university libraries in Zambia have been dealing with the challenges of poor funding for library collections caused by the global financial crisis of 2008. A questionnaire survey was undertaken to obtain data from library staff in three public university libraries. The study shows that the global financial crisis has affected libraries to an extent that they were failing to purchase current information resources. The study concludes that libraries need to strengthen their already existing income generating ventures and how to explore new income generating projects. It is hoped that this research will provide stakeholders with a proper perspective on university library funding challenges and how to mitigate them.


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