In the context of the ACBF mandate, the Library and Information Centre’s mission is to enable staff and other users to obtain with the greatest speed, convenience and economy, materials and information needed in the execution of their duties.
The Role of the Library and Information Centre
The Library and Information Centre performs the role of providing in-house automated bibliographical and reference services to ACBF staff in support of their ongoing projects as well as acting as an information and reference center in capacity building literature to local and foreign researchers, policy-makers, staff and members of other organizations, government ministries, tertiary institutions; public sector; private sector and civil society.
The library collection is strong in the development field in Sub-Saharan Africa; economic policy analysis and management; financial management and accountability; national statistics; public administration and management; professionalization of the voices of the private sector and civil society; national parliaments; gender issues and other areas of interest. The library collection is constantly reviewed and renewed to meet current and anticipated organizational needs in priority areas. The library has a collection of 10,000 books, pamphlets, reports and other documents. The library receives over 25 newsletters and subscribes to 30 Serials titles.
ACBF Project Publications
Publications by ACBF Partner Institutions
African Development Bank
European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
World Bank Publications
UN Agencies' Publications
Knowledge Management Publications
Suggestion for Book Purchase
Suggestions for purchase can be made by e-mailing your request to the Librarian and Information Centre Officer.
Current Awareness Services
The ACBF Information Centre is one of the support facilities of the Foundation. As part of its Current Awareness Service, the Information Centre prepares and circulates the following to users:
On-line articles to ACBF and Project Staff
Periodicals Current Contents List
Library Recent Additions and
Current Affairs News clippings.
Online Library Program
ACBF digitalized its Library and Information Centre, to create a virtual library that offers online services to its clientele (catalogue, circulation, reference functions, etc) bibliographic information and the full-text of articles, in books, journals, magazines and conference proceedings in electronic form.
The Centre uses Winnebago Spectrum Web Catalog, an Internet public access catalog (IPAC).
Lending and Use Policies
Borrower Privileges and Responsibilities
Members may borrow four books at a time for a period of two weeks with one extension allowed on unreserved materials.
Membership is entirely free to all ACBF community and stakeholders. Applicants for membership are requested to support the application form with a letter of recommendation from their Head of Institution.
Catalog (Online Public Access Catalog - OPAC) Databases
The online catalog reflects the materials that are owned by ACBF Library and Information Centre. You can search it by author, title, subject, keyword, or call number. The database contains books, CDs and AVS, periodicals and computer files materials.
The Library has also taken out licenses to many digital resources and electronic access is provided via its web site to more than 500 journals; to many bibliographic, full-text and numeric databases as well as to many web-based resources.
Service to its members
Spectrum WebConnect connects one to the World Wide Web - directly from the Spectrum Catalog - and makes nearly any image, document, or web site a searchable part of the collection. Spectrum displays hyperlinks for author and subject tags in the details windows, allowing quick exploration of related topics and authors.
Reference query service
Research by subject
Contact a project specialist
Useful reference sites and sources
Finding hard copy and electronic reserve materials
Interlibrary Services Borrowing will obtain books, article photocopies, and other material not owned by ACBF. It is available to ACBF staff, Project Staff and other major stakeholders.
Retrieval and copying of ACBF library materials for individuals.
Online Destination Links
The ACBF Information Gateway is part of the Information Services interface with other capacity building institutions worldwide. The function of the Information Gateway is to make available to stakeholders and individuals information resources of the ACBF, and through existing Library infrastructure (interlibrary loans and electronic information networks), that of the wider world. The Information Gateway is committed to providing an effective, innovative and client-centered quality service to its members.