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Update - November 2018

(1) Publishing, Books & Reading in Sub-Saharan Africa Database

We regret that access to the above database remains temporarily unavailable.

The database is still in the process of being relaunched by its new host institution, Kwara State University Library in Nigeria. Read the full (2015) press release here. Unfortunately, due to a number of persistent technical problems relating to metadata mapping and software functionality, as well as ongoing software development and data transfer issues, there have been serious delays in the migration of the database. The new hosts hope that remaining problems and issues can now be resolved shortly, and that they will be able to relaunch the database sometime early in 2019 on a more dynamic, Drupal-based open source content management platform. The first batch of updates and over 500 entirely new records will then also be added to the database.

When up, a link to the new database will appear on this page.

(2) Collection of books, monograph series, journals, articles, and other documents on publishing and book development in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1996 to 2014

This collection, donated by Hans Zell to Kwara State University Library in 2015, has now been fully catalogued and records have been created for each item and integrated in KWASU’s Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). A complete listing and inventory of the collection (which includes unpublished and archival material) can be found at This page also includes a user guide, and an online form to register for access to and use of the collection. ¬†Access is free to any bona fide scholar or researcher from around the globe.

For more information about the new database, or access to the physical collection, contact Teslim B. Balogun, Project Director, PB&RSSA, Kwara State University, PMB 1530, Malete, Kwara State, Nigeria 23431.