The International and Area Studies Library supports students, faculty, staff and members of the public who are researching Africa-related subjects. The library purchases materials and resources from and about Africa, mainly in English, French, and Portuguese but also in many African Languages. The collection covers all African countries and includes materials in more than 150 African languages. While the majority of the collection is located in the Main Stacks, there is a small Africa-specific reference collection available in the International and Area Studies Library. The collection is also scattered throughout many of the other campus libraries.
The International and Area Studies Library helps library users locate information or do research concerning Africa. The African Studies Bibliographer is available for research assistance, and the rest of the staff is available to answer reference questions. The International and Area Studies Library is located in 321 Main Library and is open from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
The Library staff has developed an African Studies Internet Portal that brings together quality subject-specific information available on the Internet and in key library indexes and databases to create a reference and research resource. Information is arranged thematically. The portal is developed and maintained by staff at the International and Area Studies Library.
The University Library holds more than ten million volumes and 22 million items and materials in all formats, languages, and subjects, including 9 million microforms, 90,000 serials, 148,000 audio-recordings, 12,000 films, and 650,000 maps. Materials not in our collection are generally available through interlibrary loan either from the state network, the CIC libraries or further afield.