Teaching Africa Library

Search the Teaching Africa Library Catalog here!

The Outreach Program’s Teaching Africa Library is an extensive collection of materials useful for teaching about Africa for all grade levels. Our collection contains adult and children’s books, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as movies, curriculum guides, clothing, and travel kits.

Our catalog is online and searchable and features “Director’s Choice” materials, identified as the best resources for teaching. This feature saves teacher’s time and effort in assessing copious materials, but also reflects best practices of those researchers, writers and educators who have engaged with the continent.

Our library caters to both local and national teachers. Local teachers can borrow any of our materials by visiting the library. National teachers can borrow any of our movies through the mail (see under Ordering or Renting), and can use our catalog to identify the best resources for teaching about Africa. All books circulate for 4 weeks and all films circulate for 1 week; most materials can be renewed for additional periods.

Staff members are happy to work with you in selecting the best materials and putting together an appropriate curriculum packet. First-time visitors to the library will receive a free educational poster and teaching guide ($20 value).

Additional resources are available through Boston University’s Libraries, which feature a renowned African Studies Library! The libraries are open to the public–additional information can be found in the ASL Guide for Non-BU Users 2021.

For an introduction to the BU African Studies Library, see this video here.

Teaching Africa Library Film Resources