The library of the African Studies Centre Leiden is a research library, which is also open to the general public. The library consists of a digital and a paper library. The digital library gives access to an unlimited number of publications, the paper library holds 91,000 books about and from Africa, 90,000 journal articles and 1,700 films on DVD.

Please note that the ASCL and its Library will be closed on Monday 4 October, due to the Leidens Ontzet festivities.

Gaarriye reciting his poem Fad Galbeed, in the 1980s (Source: Wikimedia Commons,  public domain)On 30 September 2012, Somali poet and political activist, Mohamed Hashi Dhamac (Somali: Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac) better known as Gaarriye died at a hospital in Norway. He is regarded as one of the most important Somali poets of the twentieth century. Read more

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