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Due to major system maintenance, you will not be able to request items through MeLCat beginning on November 18, 2015.  Renewals for MeLCat items will still be possible until December 2, 2015.  The system should be available for requesting again in early December.  If you are MSU faculty, student or staff, please try Uborrow.  Our community borrowers will not have access to interlibrary loan through MSU during that time. For more information, please read this MeLCat Server Migration FAQ. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Africana Collection

The Africana Collection at the MSU Libraries’ is one of the largest in the country. With over 200,000 books, journals, maps and films covering all areas and disciplines, it supports faculty research and teaching, and their extensive projects in Africa.

The collection focuses on agriculture, health, education, languages, social sciences, history and culture, with great depth on countries such as Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi and Tanzania. Recent emphasis includes the area of U.S. involvement.

The Africana Collection has been developed since the 1960 founding of the MSU African Studies Center, one of only nine Title VI National Resource Centers on Africa designated by the U.S. Department of Education, which coordinates courses, seminars and instruction in African languages.

Your gift to the Africana Collection will greatly enhance the collection and allow for digitization of rare and unique materials. To make a contribution, you may donate online.