The Docteur Mouhamed Moustapha Kane Library and Documentation Center is located on-site at WARC.  Our collection contains over 8,402 titles, in addition to journals, periodicals and several self-service computer stations.

Reference librarians are available to help you find the academic resources that you need.

We also have spaces for both quiet individual study and group study.


Our facilities are available for researchers, students and others in the community for a yearly membership fee  West Africans students 3000 FCFA, Other African Students 3500FCFA,Europeans and Americans Students 5000FCFA, Professors and graduated Researchers 7500 FCFA.

. The library is always free for affiliated researchers.

Please see our list of suggested research databases here.

Library Hours

Monday – Friday, 09:00 -17:00;  the Library is closed for lunch everyday from 13:00-14:00
Closed August 1st – 31 for annual vacation

  • WARC Library Collection Development

WARC promotes scholarly research on West Africa and the Diaspora and works to foster cooperation between US-based and West African researchers, students and artists.The Center seeks the active participation and cooperation of both West African and US-based scholars in order to identify and meet the needs of both communities.

The Doctor Mouhamed Moustapha Kane Library and Documentation Center supports the research activities and instructional needs of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, affiliated researchers, subscribers, and staff of the West African Research Center. The library makes available to West African and visiting researchers a research collection, computer facilities, and a computer network capable of sustaining significant research efforts by providing up-to-date data and information on West Africa and the Diaspora.. A librarian and library assistant are available to offer assistance to researchers.

The Library and Documentation Center is composed of two reading areas and a reception/orientation office. The library’s current collection includes over 8,402 titles, in addition to journals, periodicals, and selected theses. The collection includes English and French language resources, as well as its African Language Collection, which includes materials  in a wide range of African languages. This collection is a repository of authentic African language materials published on the continent—novels, plays, and other materials. The library offers on-site access to JSTOR and other research databases. The Library collects material in all formats: print, electronic, audiovisual
The collection’s current strengths lie in  humanities and social sciences and publications that focus on West African and African diasporic perspectives in the United States and other regions. The collection also supports instructional programs in English literature and American Studies.

  • Donations

Donations are a very important source of acquisitions for the library and offer usthe opportunity to fill gaps in the collection, to replace material in poor condition due to high usage, and to expand collecting into areas of high demand or emerging public interest.

  • Gifts are accepted with the understanding that Library staff will determine the suitability of all donated items for addition to the collection. In the case of a donation of over 25 items, donors are asked to provide a bibliography of all items prior to shipping/moving items to the library, in order for staff to assess the suitability of the materials in question. If materials are deemed suitable, the librarians can provide information on shipping, although the donor will be responsible for those costs, unless  the Librarian agrees to other terms. Donors will receive a letter of appreciation from the Library.


  • For additional information, please contact the WARC Library Director, Adama Diouf  :