Users lament dearth of books in Edo Library

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BENIN – Readers and users of Edo Library Benin have lamented poor infrastructure and outdated books stocked state-owned library.

Some readers told NAN Benin Sunday people had no interest to read in library due to shortage of reading materials, outdated books and poor infrastructure.

Miss Love Edomwonyi, a of Open University, said lighting of library was poor and there was no alternative source of light when there was power outage.

She the state to invest in books so students would be encouraged to visit the library to read.

Also, Mr Victor Ofor, an undergraduate studying law in and currently court attachment in the state decried the theft of books in the library.

“I was here in 2005, and the library was well stocked with chairs and books but when I returned in 2014, I discovered some of the books are .

“I complained to the librarians and they told me that readers were stealing the books.

“If this trend continues unabated, will affect people who come here to read,” he said.

When contacted, of the Liberians who spoke condition of anonymity, said the last books purchased by the library was over 22 years ago.

“For the past 22 years, we have not got money for books and we have not been able to assess our capital base,” the said.

Most of the readers in the library were students who were reading their lecture notes and personal text books. (NAN