Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections is a department of the Library of the University of Namibia. It is made up of two units – the Archives Unit and the Special Collections Unit.

The Archives Unit

The UNAM Archives Unit was established in 1994 and is located at the Lower Ground Floor of the Windhoek Campus Main Library. The main mandate of the Unit is to ensure the survival of the University of Namibia’s memory for administrative, legal, historical and future research purposes. The Archives Unit is responsible for implementing the University's records management programme, which complies with the requirements of Namibia’s Archives Act, 1992 (Act 12 of 1992), and is guided by the UNAM Records Management Policy. The records management programme covers all records of the University, regardless of their physical format, and regardless of whether they have temporary or long-term value for the University. Apart from this, the Archives Unit also holds private archives collections on Namibian history which are available for research. Further to this are the publications by UNAM, photographic and poster collections. All of these rich information resources are available for research.

Please browse through our online databases and archival collections for further details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I borrow archival collections?

All archival materials are used in the Archives Reading Room; they cannot be taken out of the Archives premises.

What are the opening hours?

The Archives is open from 08:00 to 16:30 hours from Monday to Friday and is closed on Saturdays and Sundays including public holidays.

What are the rules for accessing archival material?

A maximum of 4 archival items can be requested at a time.

Where to find us:

The Archives Unit Reading Area is located on the Lower Ground Floor of the Library on the Main Campus of the University of Namibia.
For inquiries, please contact the Archivist at e-mail or Tel: (264-61) 206 3692/3228.

The Special Collections Unit

The Special Collections Section aims at having a comprehensive current collection of Namibiana (any material dealing with Namibia, of national and international imprint, and which subject matter falls within the realms of the University's mission statement) and related material in humanities and social sciences, and natural and environmental resources management. Materials in the collection include: published books, theses and dissertations, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, NIED syllabi of Namibian school subjects, and unpublished material. Materials in English are given priority but linguistic materials and vernacular texts are acquired where necessary.

Mission Statement

The Special Collection Section of the University Library aims to be a support base for current and future research and teaching activities of the University.

Aims and Objectives

  • to acquire and document information on Namibia and Namibians which will aid Faculty and students in executing their respective activities
  • to make this information freely available and accessible to the university community, outside researchers and the general public
  • to establish and maintain an effective liaison between relevant academic departments to assist in the planning and development of services in accordance with the changing needs of the University
  • to collaborate with other Africana Libraries and Librarians thus encouraging information exchange and networking
  • to collaborate with strategic information generating organizations within the University as a form of current-awareness

Access to the Collection

The Special Collections Section operates as a Closed Collection, i.e. users are not able to browse the collection freely. However, material can be requested from the enquiry desk located at the entrance to the Section.

Opening Hours

The Special collections’ opening Hours are: Mondays – Thursday 08:00 - 22:00, Fridays 08:00 - 18:00. Saturdays 12:00 – 1600 Sundays 14:00 - 22:00. Public Holidays: closed.

Lending Procedures

The Special Collection operates on the same premises as the Reserve Collection except for the fact that overnight loans are not allowed. A valid student card or membership card must be shown at all times.

Material may be used in the library for a limited period of two hours. The numbers of items which can be borrowed are limited to two per user. Items on loan can be reserved. Items in process can be requested by completing special application forms.

Pamphlet Collection

Holds information material of pamphlets, booklets, International Monetary Fund documents, NIED syllabi of various school subjects, HIV/AIDS material. These can be accessed through the OPAC.

Archives Contacts

+264 61 206 3692
+264 61 206 3228
+264 61 3876
UNAM Library
Private Bag 13301

Library Contacts

+264 61 206 3878
+264 61 206 3059
+264 61 206 3740
+264 61 206 3538
+264 61 206 3536
+264 61 206 3876
UNAM Library
Private Bag 13301
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