International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Management and Use of Arabic/Islamic Manuscripts in the Nigerian Universities: A Study of Kenneth Dike Library of University of Ibadan
Yaqub T. M., Onibon N. O., Olagunju M. O.

Despite the historical significance and relevance of the Arabic and Islamic manuscript collections in the socio-political development of Nigeria, it has been largely neglected by researchers. Limited attention is paid to the fact that these valuable manuscript holdings are important cultural property that requires appropriate management, preservation and conservation. This study investigates the adequacy, management and factual condition of the collection of Arabic and Islamic materials in Kenneth Dike library of University of Ibadan. It identifies the contribution of the various individuals, groups, agencies, governmental and non-governmental organizations to the development of the Arabic and Islamic manuscripts section of the Library. It is discovered that various Arabic/Islamic manuscripts are sufficiently available at the Library and are accessed by the students and researchers. However, there are some challenges confronting the proper use and management of these manuscripts. These include inadequate seating space, irregular power supply, poor conservation and preservation of the manuscripts and inadequacy of professionals to man the Arabic/Islamic section of the library. The work concludes that Arabic and Islamic collection should be well preserved and conserved through adequate management strategies

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