About the African Union Library
Information about the Library and its activities


The AUC Library was created to provide timely and relevant sources of information and knowledge required by the staff of the AU Commission, AU Organs, and Member States Embassies to discharge their continental and global responsibilities. The Library currently renders both traditional and modern Library services with its combined printed and electronic resources.

In this knowledge-led economy, it is indisputable that access to information and knowledge plays pivotal role, especially in enhancing informed and appropriate decision-making processes. To this end, the AU library greatly endeavors in acquiring, organizing, and preserving printed and digital sources of information and knowledge pertinent to Africa.


In line with its vision of  " being the premier sources of information and knowledge about Africa, from Africa, and for Africans" the Library endeavors to serve as the primary choice of Africans in accessing unparalleled wealth of human’s intellectual capital, artistic creativity, scientific innovations, etc., in both printed and digital formats.

Besides, the Library is also engaged, in as much as resources allow, in safeguarding and preserving Africans literary and cultural outputs, etc while also disseminating proactive, tailored and dynamic services, as its major preoccupations.


The AU library’s goal is bridging the digital divide in access to desired information and knowledge, and serving as the primary choice for seekers of information on, from and about Africa.  It works hard to render proactive, tailored and dynamic information services supporting the continent's endeavor for sustainable developments.


 The AU Library’s specific objectives are:

  • To acquire, organize and make available, and/or virtually accessible, most comprehensive, historical and current information sources related to Africa, regardless of material type (books, journals, etc.), and formats (print, digital, etc.) in all AU working languages;
  • To proactively disseminate pertinent and timely information sources to the AUC management, Staff, and other patrons, with a view to keep them abreast of current developments in the continent, and the globe in general;
  • Build and preserve unparalleled sources of information related to Africa for future generations.

News About Us

  • African Union Commission - As of 31st of May 2021, the AUC Library has 'moved' from SPPMERM to ICD (Information and Communication Directorate). In addition, kindly note that the library website has changed from https://library.africa-union.org to https://library.au.int and the AKB website from http://akb.africa-union.org to https://akb.au.int (make sure to bookmarks us)
  • African Union Commission - The African Union Commission (AUC) Departments of Strategic, Policy, Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Resource Mobilization (SPPMERM) and Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) in collaboration with the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) in line with Agenda 2063 Aspiration 1, that is A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development and Aspiration 5 that is An Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics, organized a Workshop on Promoting a Culture of Reading in Africa from 19-21 Sept 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia .(Source: AUC - https://au.int )
  • AU official urges better reading culture to spur Africa's human, social capital (Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-22 - News)
  • African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) - The African Union (through its' Library) and the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the objective of facilitating co-operation and collaboration between the Parties, to establish the arrangements necessary to ensure effective cooperation between the Parties in areas of mutual interest. Mr. Mesfin Tessema, Director of SPPMERM on behalf of the African Union Commission and Mr. John Tsebe, President of African Library and Information Association and Institutions signed the document (see press release).
  • SANKOFA Magazine - AUC Library Promoting Access to Information and Knowledge EN /FR
  • Nordic Africa Institute - The African Union (through its' Library) and the Nordic Africa Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding - MOU with the objective of contributing towards the development, deployment, and rolling out of the African Knowledge Base (AKB) Platform, with a view to making Africa-related publications of various organizations (like AU, NAI, etc) accessible from single search window. Mr. Mesfin Tessema, Director of SPPMERM on behalf of the African Union Commission and Ms. Iina Soiri, Director of Nordic Africa Institute signed the MOU.
  • Books For Africa - African Union Commission Expands its knowledge Resource Capacity EN