American University Distributes Free Social Sciences Library Across Africa

Credit: Anders Kelto/PRI

Credit: Anders Kelto/PRI

A leading American university is distributing free electronic library resources in the social and environmental sciences to universities across Africa.

With the help of partner organizations, the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University is working to distribute the Social Science Library (SSL) to universities and similar organizations in 138 countries, 53 of them in Africa.

However, distribution partners are still needed in 45 African nations.

The library contains articles, book chapters, reports and working papers on a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, economics, history, philosophy and political science. The materials are all in English.

The electronic collection is given out on CD-ROMs and USB drives so that it is easily sharable and accessible without Internet. The library represents the university’s contribution to the UN Decade of Sustainable Development.


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