The Library of Congress Office, Nairobi, Kenya, acquires
and catalogs publications from twenty-nine countries in Africa for the
collections of the Library of Congress. These countries are: Angola, Botswana,
Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana,
Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Namibia,
Reunion, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda,
Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The Nairobi Office first opened its doors in fiscal year
1966 as a National Program for Acquisitions and Cataloging (NPAC) office
serving the Library of Congress for eastern and southern African publications.
The Cooperative Acquisitions Program for the East Africa Region was initiated
Through formal and informal exchange agreements, the office
acquires materials that would otherwise not be available. However, due
to the increasing cost of postage and transportation, some exchange programs
are being reduced
Cooperative Acquisitions Program
The Cooperative Acquisitions Program in Nairobi was initiated
in 1992. The goal of the program is to provide scholarly journals, newspapers,
magazines, and monographs to participating institutions. The materials
sent to these institutions are acquired from Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The
Cooperative Acquisitions Program also provides regional statistical, legal,
and local language materials for all countries in the region covered by
Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature
This is an index of over 700 selected periodicals (mostly
scholarly) which are acquired from 29 African countries. Available on-line.
No password necessary.
Newspaper Preservation and Lists
Information on lists of African newspapers that are sent
to the Library of Congress or to the New Delhi office for microfilming.