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.

In line with university measures, ASCL staff will work from home and can be reached by email. The Secretariat can be reached by email ( or phone (+31 (0)71 527 3372). The library is open (reservation compulsory).

A Dassault Falcon 50 similar to the one involved in the assassination (Source Wikimedia Commons, André Inácio, GFDL 1.2)On the evening of 6 April 1994, the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira, both Hutu, was shot down with surface-to-air missiles as it prepared to land in Kigali, Rwanda. The assassination set in motion the targeted elimination of Rwanda’s moderate leaders and triggered the Rwandan genocide, one of the bloodiest events of the late 20th century. Read more

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