Columbia University Libraries' research collections on Africa south of the Sahara contain over 126,000 book titles & over 1,700 current serials in history, political science, law, sociology, anthropology, economics, geography, geoscience, literature, ethnomusiciology, and the visual arts. The Libraries also hold over 450 African Studies videos.
For a detailed guide to researching Africa collections at Columbia, see: "Basic Guide to African Studies Research at Columbia". See also: Columbia University Libraries' Collection Development Policies for African Studies (Sub-Saharan Africa).
The African Studies Librarian is Yuusuf S. Caruso.
For over a half century, the Libraries have built an extensive collection to support instructional and research programs on Africa at the University. For more information on these programs, contact the following:
-- Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
-- Institute for Research in African American Studies
-- Africana Studies Program at Barnard College
-- Center for African Education at Teachers College
The African Studies materials are located throughout Columbia's 22 departmental libraries. However, the bulk of the materials are concentrated in the following major libraries:
- Butler History & Humanities
- Butler Media
- Lehman Social Sciences Library
- Business & Economics Library
- International & Foreign Law—Columbia Law Library
- Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library
- Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library
- Geoscience Library
- Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library.
For full information on access to the Libraries, consult the Library Information Office, Butler Library.