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Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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LibGuide to African Studies

This 'Getting Started' page gives you links to key resources and information for African Studies. The tabs above lead to more in-depth information about different types of resources including archives, books, journals, theses, film, news sources, and official papers.

The reading room in Rhodes House (Commonwealth and African collections) closed on Friday 12 September 2014. The services for Commonwealth and African collections will reopen in The Charles Wendell David Reading Room together with services for Oriental manuscripts on Monday 29 September 2014. Until this time special collections can be consulted in the Duke Humfrey's Library.

The main Oxford libraries for African Studies are the Weston Library, the Bodleian Social Science Library, the Bodleian Law Library and the History Faculty Library.

The links on the right-hand side provide library and contact information for Lucy McCann, Archivist for the Africa collections at the Weston Library.  You may also contact Sarah Rhodes, African and Commonwealth Subject Consultant, for subject enquiries.

Rhodes House collections moving

The archival collections held in Rhodes House are currently moving to the newly refurbished Weston Library (formerly the New Bodleian). Our goal is to transfer collections safely with minimal disruption to users. During the process, some items may be temporarily unavailable. We do not anticipate that any holdings from our collection will be out of circulation for more than two weeks at a time. The collections will be available on 22nd September 2014 in the Duke Humfrey's Library, and from Monday 29th September in the Weston Library.

Keep updated on developments via the Weston Library website.


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Lucy McCann
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Weston Library,
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Oxford, OX1 3BG

Tel: 01865 270911
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The Collection Policy for African Studies in the Bodleian Libraries is available below:

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