International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 246

Full Length Research Paper

Gender differences in the use of academic resources: the case of FUTA library

Daramola Cecilia Funmilayo
University Library, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 05 July 2013
  •  Published: 20 September 2013



The research was carried out to investigate gender differences in the use of academic resources in FUTA University library. A structured interview schedule was used in eliciting information from 600 respondents randomly selected over the period of six months in 2012.  Results showed gender differences in age, marital status, internet access, and use of advisory services in the library. Men within the age of 30-56 years used library resources than women of the same age, higher percentage of married men used library facilities more than married women. Also young and mature men utilized internet facilities, e- books and reference books more than women. There is no significant difference in the use of textbooks and library loans by both genders. However, most women utilized advisory services compared to men. Fiction and nonfiction magazines such as Tell were patronized more by women than men. To bridge the gap between men and women differences in the use of academic resources, the study recommended that women should be acquainted with internet facilities to move with the current information and communication technology wave.


Key words:  Academic library, men and women, library user, academic resources.