Libraries and local history collections in Sierra Leone

John Abdul Kargbo (Institute of Library, Information and Communication Studies, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Freetown, Sierra Leone)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Publication date: 21 August 2007



Discusses the development of local history collections within libraries in Sierra Leone.


The article is a reflective viewpoint.


That there is a growing interest in local history collections in libraries in Sierra Leone, and that more formal structures should be put in place to safeguard these materials for the future.

Practical implications

Proposes some ways forward for ensuring the long term viability of local collections in Sierra Leone.


The article is the first on the topic of local history collections in Sierra Leone's libraries, and should be of interest to librarians around the world who have an interest in local history librarianship.



Abdul Kargbo, J. (2007), "Libraries and local history collections in Sierra Leone", Library Review, Vol. 56 No. 7, pp. 563-572.

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