Unlocking the Potential of Public Libraries in Supporting Distance Learning


  • Harriet Mutambo Nabushawo Makerere University Department of Open and Distance Learning.
  • Jessica Norah Aguti Commonwealth of Learning
  • Mark Winterbottom University of Cambridge




eLearning, capacity development, education, training, professional development, higher education, ICT, educational technology,


This paper examines the place of public libraries in supporting distance learners in Makerere University, exploring the factors which affect utilisation of their services. The study adopted a survey design with 300 B.Ed. students, collecting data through focus group discussions, structured questionnaires and individual interviews. 

Author Biographies

Harriet Mutambo Nabushawo, Makerere University Department of Open and Distance Learning.

Lecturer in the Departmrnt of Open and Distance  Learning.

School of Disatnce and Lifelong Learning.

Jessica Norah Aguti, Commonwealth of Learning

Dr. Jessia Aguti is Education Specialist, Teacher Education at Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada.

Mark Winterbottom, University of Cambridge

Dr. Mark Winterbottom is a Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.


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How to Cite

Nabushawo, H. M., Aguti, J. N., & Winterbottom, M. (2016). Unlocking the Potential of Public Libraries in Supporting Distance Learning. Journal of Learning for Development, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.56059/jl4d.v3i1.114



Reports from the Field
Received 2015-04-10
Accepted 2016-02-18
Published 2016-03-16