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Your one-stop-shop for all things African Studies at the University of Cambridge & beyond

Newspapers in Cambridge

Newspapers in Cambridge

Any newspapers that the University holds in print or as an online resource will appear when using the iDiscover catalogue. Many print runs will most likely be held at the main University Library.

The Cambridge eresources team has compiled a comprehensive LibGuide for international Newspapers which offers a list of online:

  • Newspaper archives

  • Current newspapers

  • News sites

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Online News Resources

Digitised Newspaper Sources

  • Daily Observer (Liberia) - Founded in 1981, the Daily Observer is Liberia’s best-known, independent, national newspaper. The Daily Observer is notable for its coverage of the modern history of Liberia—including the Liberian Civil War and through its current phase of development.
  • Africa Commons - Available to Cambridge staff and students using your Raven login:  this is a project to digitize, disseminate, and discover African cultural materials. Our aim is to enable Africa easily to control, digitize, and disseminate its archival riches—those within Africa and items residing internationally. We help preserve African content and enable African scholars easily to find and access expressions of their heritage in Western collections. 

The African Studies Library holds short runs of the following in print:

  • Central African Mail (Lusaka) 1962-1965
  • Daily Times (Nairobi) 1992-1993
  • Daily Times (Nigeria) 1992-1993
  • East African 1997-2000
  • Imbila Kasoma (Zambia) 1966-1971
  • Lyashi (Zambia) 1960-1965
  • Mail & Guardian (SA) 1996-2009
  • The Daily Nation (Kenya) 1990-1991
  • The Standard (Kenya) 1987-1990
  • The Weekly Review (Kenya) 1975-1999
  • Voice of the Arab World 1975-1981

We also hold current print subscriptions to the following news magazines:

  • Africa Confidential
  • Africa Report
  • African Banker
  • African Business
  • Jeune Afrique

Please ask us at the issue desk for further help with our newspaper collection, or fill in an online fetching form for any of the titles listed above.

Order Newspapers via CAMP/CRL Services

The African Studies Library pays for subscription access to the Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP) 

CAMP acquires and preserves materials in microform and digital formats. 

CAMP collects:

  • Newspapers
  • Journals
  • Government publications
  • Personal and corporate archives
  • Personal papers of scholars and government leaders  

CAMP's materials are in many African and European languages, including Swahili, Portuguese, French, Zulu, Xhosa, English, and German.

Search the CAMP catalogue here.

Please email us if you would like to order any materials from CAMP.  Please bear in mind, items are generally loaned from the USA in microfilm format, however some material may be available digitally whilst on-campus.  Please ask us for further details.

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