Document Type



Purpose – To explore the relationship between the importance of African Studies programs and the acquisition of African imprint titles in four selected American academic libraries.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper examines the characteristics of the African Studies programs in four universities in comparison with library holdings including the percentage of holdings from four major English-language African publishers.

Finding -- The four research libraries acquire substantial numbers of African monographs in keeping with the importance of their African Studies programs.

Originality/value – The paper provides information on major four African Studies programs and the library holdings that support them.


Library and Information Science


This is the author's post print originally appearing in Collection Building. Vol. 25, No. 2, 2006, pp. 40-44.