in the fields of Open Access, scientific data and information literacy.The second main purpose is to acquire research literature published in Africa.Finally, the Deutsches Kolonial-Lexikon by Heinrich Schnee (1920) has been completely digitized.
The special collection “Colonial Library” with the signatures S 17, Sq 17, and Sf 17, stemming mainly from the library of the German Colonial Society and the Imperial Colonial Office, is completely listed in the Online Catalogue and can be searched by means of the original subject classification.
In addition, the catalogue of the Colonial Library is available online as a PDF file: Volume 1 contains the alphabetical division and Volume 2 the division according to the arrangement of the catalogue of the German Colonial Society library.
The central position of the city of Frankfurt provides easy access for all of them.
Additionally, the rich collections on sub-saharan Africa seemed to be the right context: In 2012 more than 250 titles collected by the members found their lasting home directly beside many volumes of modern research literature on Botswana and more titles bought locally in Botswana.
18,000) and journals, but also more than 50,000 photographs (mainly lantern slides), which were used to illustrate their publicity lectures in Germany.
The Colonial Picture Archive is already online since 2004, and includes also the collection of photographs, photo albums and postcards owned by the Sam Cohen Library, Swakopmund, Namibia.
The books in the collection suffer a lot of acid deterioration (see an example).
Therefore usage of the books is restricted to the special reading room.
The Specialised Information Service (SIS) will support a broad range of academic disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies.
Academics working in this field are represented by the German African Studies Association (Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland e. The first main task is to co-ordinate the relevant institutions providing information on African studies in Germany (libraries, archives, research collections, …) in order to develop a sustainable information infrastructure adhering to international professional standards.
Some 20 German university, state and special libraries cover more than 100 academic disciplines and regions.