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Commonwealth Secretariat

Library & Archives

Library Type: Special
Address: Marlborough House
Pall Mall
London SW1Y 5HX
United Kingdom
Chief Librarian/Director: Vacant Vacant
African Specialist:  n/a n/a, n/a
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7747 6
Web address: http://www.thecommonwealth.org/subhomepage/191529/library_and_archives/
Catalogue Address: Not available outside the Secretariat
Description of Library: The Library contains a rich collection of documentation covering an broad subject range, including: Politics; International Relations; Economics; Education; Health; Gender; Science, Environment; Management and Youth. The library collects material on and from Commonwealth African countries in within these subject areas. Books, periodicals and grey literature are from an array of sources including governments, international organisations, publishers and donations all within Commonwealth countries. More than 18,000 separate items are held in the library, mostly from materials published within the past ten years. The library is also the official repository for the Secretariat's own publications.
Disciplines covered: Agriculture
Built Environment or Planning
Business and Management Studies
Development Studies
Economic and/or Social History
Economics and Econometrics
Education
Gender
Geography
Geology
History
Law
Medicine
Politics and International Studies
Sociology and Demography
Countries covered: Anglophone
Botswana
Cameroon
Central Africa
Commonwealth
East Africa
Eastern Africa
Ghana
Kenya
Lesotho
Malawi
Maldives
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Nigeria
Rwanda
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Swaziland
Tanzania
The Gambia
Uganda
West Africa
Zambia
Special Collections: The collection of the Secretariat's own publications, numbering more than 3,000 titles, contains much of relevance to Africa. The organisation's archives are available to the public under a 30 year rule. Information on the materials which have so far been released is available here. http://www.thecommonwealth.org/Internal/191529/157082/archives/
Collection Size: Books:18000
Journals:450
Newspapers:7
Maps:0
Music:0
Films:0
Photographs:0
Collection Start: 1965, but there is much earlier material.
Access and opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 16.45 Members of the public are welcome to visit the library during opening hours. All visits by the public must be arranged in advance by contacting the library
Publications and databases on African collections produced by the Library: n/a

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