About the collections

The NAI library is aimed at users throughout the Nordic region. It specializes in contemporary Africa. The collections cover the entire continent with emphasis on social sciences.

All materials below except for the map collection are searchable in our search tool AfricaLit Plus.


Books and reports

Over 70,000 titles on politics, economics, contemporary history, anthropology, literature and other social sciences.

Modern African fiction

Novels, poetry and plays mainly in English, French, Portuguese and Swedish.

Reference literature

Encyclopaedias, dictionaries, yearbooks, statistics and thematic handbooks.

Journals and newspapers

Approximately 400 current journals about Africa and development issues, and African daily newspapers. Back issues are stored.

Electronic journals and books

An extensive number of journals, newspapers and e-books are available throughout the website.

Official publications

Official documents from African states, mainly constitutions, development plans, population censuses, as well as reports and statistics on economy, trade, health, environment, education, gender, migration and so on.


A basic collection consisting of atlases, country and general maps, as well as topographic and thematic maps. More information about the map collection.

Videotapes and DVDs

A small collection of feature films and documentaries.

Pamphlet collection

A collection of uncatalogued documents, in the form of essays, articles, brochures etc., which has been systematically arranged.

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