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Challenges and prospects of school libraries in Kenya: a case of Kiambu County, Kenya

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Library and Information Science, School of Education, Kenyatta University, Nairobi City, Kenya
  • 2School of Information Management, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Res. J. Library Sci., Volume 7, Issue (1), Pages 18-21, January,21 (2019)


This paper assesses the current state of school libraries in Kenya in relation to perception, utilization and management as well as the challenges and prospects. The objectives include establishing the user and management perception about school libraries and examining their functionality. The paper noted low perception and minimal usage of school libraries. The challenges include lack of legislation that emphasizes mandatory establishment of school libraries, standards and guidelines. School libraries are not seen as core in teaching and learning but as peripheral school program.


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