Africana Services

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Photo by Andrew Campbell
From Mission from Cape Coast Castle to Ashantee by Edward T. Bowdich, 1819.

Reference questions can be asked in-person, by phone, or by e-mail to The Herskovits Library's Reference Desk is staffed from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The phone number for the Africana Reference Desk is 847-467-3084.  You may also use this form to send in a reference question. 

Research consultations with one of our librarians are recommended for more in-depth projects. A research consultation is essentially an appointment to help you find resources for a research paper or project.  For research consultations on African studies projects, please write to or call the Africana Reference Desk at (847) 467-3084.  You can use this form to schedule a research consultation.

Instruction sessions are also available.  For instruction on African studies materials, please write to or call the Africana Reference Desk at (847) 467-3084, or use the online form.

  • Image scanning services are available to faculty, staff and graduate students. Digital Collections can deliver images to patrons in various file formats and resolutions for electronic presentations, printing or archiving.  More information about those services is available here.
  • Also, for books or materials that are not at the Northwestern University Library, you can often retrieve a copy of a book, journal, or article through Interlibrary Loan.  Information about finding such  materials and requesting them is available here.
  • Information about rights, permissions, and reproduction policies are available here.

For visiting scholars, we have a list of local accommodations for your reference.