The National Library of Namibia is a remarkable information
resource and the items held in the library represent the documentary
wealth of Namibian literary output. The library has the country’s
largest collection of Namibian publication, including a valuable collection
of Namibian newspapers, some dating back to early 1900s.
The mission of the reference section is that of the library
at large: to support the provision of information to all Namibians and
Namibian libraries. The main goal is to support education and research
through access to national and international information resources.
The library provides the following services:
1. Research and Study
Users are allowed to do research in our library and the collection comprises
of the following:
All reference materials are found on the lower shelves in the library.
The General Collection:
All books in this section are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal
This section is restricted for the public, it is on the
3rd floor down stairs with the following collections:
this collection is developed by legal deposit on all Namibian publications
Newspapers (dating from 1910) and Periodicals.
South West African Acts from 1942
South African Legislation from 1910.
South African Law Reports from 1947.
UNESCO, UN and World Bank publications
Users are privileged to make electronic searches
Southern Africa Bibliographic and information Network, this
is an online service used for searching books and periodicals,
cataloguing and interlending services.
This is a database which provides full text on articles, periodicals
- CDS/ISIS avails the following databases
in the library,
Public Access Catalogue(OPAC) where users can search materials
in the library by them selves.
- National Library Catalogue (NLC): is an electronic
catalogue for all the general collection.
- Last Copy Collection (LCC): this is a catalogue
for old general books that has been replaced by new edition.
-National Library Periodicals (NLP): is an
electronic catalogue for periodicals
The library has got a collection of CD-ROMs
various subjects, e.g. Encyclopaedia Britanica. There is also a
provision of a quiet study area provided to those who come with
their own text books. There are also five study cubicles in the
library provided to individuals on a first come first serviced basis
free of charge, however persons with laptops gets preference. Room
453 can be used for discussions, but must be booked 3 days in advance.
2. Interlibrary Loans
This service is provided to individual users through requests
from the libraries where they hold membership. Four books are allowed
to be loaned out at a time for a period of one month and two weeks inside
Namibia and three months to other registered libraries outside Namibia.
Books on demand may not be readily available on Inter-library loan e.g.
- Human Resource.
- Reference books are totally not given given out on loan.
Namibian related books may be borrowed if more than one
copy of the publication is available. Periodicals and newspapers may
not be borrowed, however photo copies may be supplied on some articles
3. Photo Copy Services
The photocopying service is only for library materials.
No private photocopying is allowed.
The Library makes use of coin operated machines
and users make their own copies.
20 cents is charged on all copies A4 and A3.
The copyright law is observed on all printed material
hence 10% is allowed to be copied in a book for personal research.
Copies are made at own risk and should there be
any malfunction of the machine, there will be NO refund made.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Eating, drinking or smoking is not allowed in the
Handle library materials with care.
Mobile phones shall not be used in the library.
No animals may be brought into the library.
Any user losing or irreparably damaging a book
or other item. Damaging a book or other item belonging to the library
shall be liable for the replacement cost of the item plus the processing
Stealing library books is an offence that will be
reported to authorities. (Police)
Library materials shall not be marked, damaged or
Bags or Jackets are not allowed in the library.
Do not bend book backs, lay them face-down or damage
Photocopying of bound newspapers and from rare books
is not allowed.
If you cannot find what you want ask the Reference
No phone calls will be made for the public.
Moving of furniture is prohibited.
Users shall at all times conduct themselves in a
quiet and orderly manner so as not to disturb other library users.
Users that do not abide by these rules will not
be allowed to use the facilities
08:00-17:00 (Monday - Friday)
Tel: (061) 2935300
Senior Librarian: Reference Services
Tel: (061) 2935304
Fax: 061 2935321.
Web Site: www.nln.gov.na
National Library of Namibia
1-7 Eugene Marais Street
Private Bag 13349