Widener Library

Sub-Saharan African Collection

The Sub-Saharan African Collection includes materials in all languages and all subjects in the humanities and social sciences published in the nations of sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal and Mali to South Africa and Lesotho.

Most publications acquired are in English, French, Portuguese, or Afrikaans, with an increasing proportion of works in African languages. Publications about Africa that are published in other parts of the world are collected by the selector responsible for the country of publication. For information about Widener's collections from North Africa, please see the Middle Eastern Collection.

Most Harvard libraries have many African and African Studies publications, including Government Documents/Microforms, the Harvard Law School Library, Tozzer Library (anthropology), the Fine Arts Library, and the science libraries. Harvard users can borrow additional African materials via HCL Interlibrary Loan from the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).

If you have questions, comments, requests for purchases, or would like to make an appointment to discuss a research topic, please e-mail Bassey Irele, Librarian for Sub-Saharan Africa.

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