African Language Books

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[Kente cloth from Ghana]

The Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies has approximately 20,000 books in African languages, covering a wide variety of literary genres and subject areas such as fiction, poetry, history, folklore, textbooks and grammars. A significant number of books in African language have recently been cataloged and are now accessible in Northwestern University Library's online catalog (NUSearch). 

Inquiries regarding this collection may be made in person, via e-mail or by telephone. Other major collections of books in African Languages are available at Indiana University and Boston University.