From the SCOLMA blog:
For full information on Library and Archive Collections relevant to African Studies please go to the Collections section.
The Africa collection at SOAS Library encompasses the whole of Africa and broadly covers the humanities and social sciences.
The collection includes rare books and manuscripts in addition to recent and current publications, both in print and other formats (for example audio-visual and electronic formats) from around the world.
SOAS Library is a research and teaching collection supporting the needs of the School’s staff and students as well as being a national collection. The School was founded as the School of Oriental Studies in 1916. Although Africa was not included in the name, material on and from Africa has been collected since this time. Some African material pre-dates the School’s foundation as a result of donations or through subsequent purchase of material.