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University Libraries - African Studies Collection

The African Studies collection is a multidisciplinary, multilingual and international collection of research resources in print, electronic and microform formats. It also includes a collection of audiovisual materials for classroom use. The primary focus is on the countries, peoples and cultures of Africa south of the Sahara - North Africa is part of the Middle East Studies and French/Francophone collections. With materials in English, French, Portuguese and selected African languages, the collection offers extensive coverage of the humanities and social sciences, especially in literature, history, linguistics, religion, political science, art and anthropology. It also includes selected subject areas such as religion, music, theatre and drama that link Africa and its diaspora in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Although the collection is not centralized in one location, materials can be identified through the libraries' electronic catalogues. Information on African Literature Databases is available.

Over 400 films with Africa-related content are available in the main library collection. In addition, a collection of over 75 films is available through Central Classrooms [pdf].

For help in using the African Studies collection, contact Leta Hendricks, Subject Specialist for African Studies.

 [pdf] - Some links on this page are to .pdf files.  If you need these files in a more accessible format, please contact cas@osu.edu. PDF files require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader software to open them. If you do not have Reader, you may use the following link to Adobe to download it for free at: Adobe Acrobat Reader.