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The sustainable development goals (SDGs) in this study includes those dedicated to eradicating poverty, promoting gender equality and empowering women, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all as well as developing a global partnership for development, all of which cannot be achieved without equitable access to information and freedom of expression. This study examines awareness of libraries and librarians on the importance of attainment of SDGs in Osun State, Nigeria. The study population comprised 100 library and information personnel from all local governments in the state who were randomly selected by convenient sampling. The instruments used to collect data for the study were questionnaire and personal observation. Data were analyzed using descriptive research method. The findings revealed that many library and information personnel are aware of the sustainable development goals but are not conversant with the details and modalities for its attainment. Many of them are not familiar with the main contents of SDGs. None of the libraries examined have any immediate or long term plans for the attainment of SDGs neither do they have relevant programmes for the awareness of SDGs. It was recommended that libraries engage in information repackaging, awareness campaign, mobile library and outreach services and capacity building to ensure quality library service for the attainment of SDGs by 2030. Also, government at all levels and non- governmental organisations should provide increased budgetary allocation to support public and state libraries to enhance their effective library and information services.
Key words: Awareness, libraries, librarians, sustainable development goals, 2030 agenda, Nigeria.
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