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African Studies: Getting started

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External readers

If you are not a member of the University you will need to apply for a reader's ticket from the Bodleian Libraries Admissions office.

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 reopened in The Charles Wendell David Reading Room together with services for Oriental manuscripts on Monday 29 September 2014.

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.

How to find things

Search Oxford Libraries Online (SOLO) to find books, grey literature and journal titles.

Use OxLIP+ to search bibliographic databases/online resources and individual e-journals.

Remote access

Ways to access subscription resources off campus:

  1. Single Sign-On (SSO). Sign on to SOLO, OxLIP+ or your University email and your browser retains the sign on. This allows you to access most e-resources as if you were on campus. 
  2. VPN (Virtual Private Network). Register with OUCS to log on to the network via VPN. Once logged on you can access all e-resources as if you were on campus.

For further information see the Bodleian Libraries remote access guide.

Collection Policy

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

Senior Archivist

Lucy McCann's picture
Lucy McCann
Bodleian Library
Weston Library
Broad Street
+44 (0)1865 2-70911

Subject Consultant

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Sarah Rhodes
Bodleian Social Science Library,
University of Oxford, Manor Road Building,
+44(0)1865 2-85998