Collections

1 . Holdings

Currently, the library’s total collection is about 28,000 materials. Most of these are on an open-shelf system. Holdings include a collection of writings in Ghanaian languages dating from the mid-19th century, as well as studies in history, religion and culture. Inter-religious engagement is a further area of specialisation. Modern biblical, theological and pastoral literature for the benefit of Christian workers is also available. A notable feature is the growing collection of journals from around the world, which gives access to the latest Christian thought and practice in mission.

2 . Archives

Archival holdings include books from the 19th century Basel Mission library at Odumase-Krobo and collections of old books and manuscripts from the libraries of notable Christian families in Ghana, including the papers and manuscripts of Dr. C.A. Akrofi, books belonging to Rev. David Asante, the first ordained Ghanaian minister of the Basel mission Church, Rev. E. D. Martinson, the library of the late Rev. E.M.L. Odjidja (former Moderator of the PCG) and the papers of the late Dr. Ephraim Amu, world-renowned ethnomusicologist and advocate of the Christian appropriation of African culture. Recent additions are the library of Kwame Bediako and the collection of materials on African literature of James Gibbs.

 

3. Special Collection

Some special collections are kept in two separate cabinets which are marked with green and orange signal dots respectively. Their use is restricted. Other books belonging to these two categories are scattered throughout the collection and are subject to the rules of use.

Green Cabinet– for core reading materials.

Orange Cabinet– for rare/out-of-print books.

Blue File – for pamphlet/ conference papers

4. Magazines and Newspapers

We buy the following locally:

  • Daily Graphic
  • Mirror
  • New African

5. Local Publications

The institute publishes an in-house journal twice every year for student and external users:

(Journal of African Christian Thought- JACT)

6. Theses & Dissertations

Unpublished dissertations and theses produced by Akrofi- Christaller students and faculty may be viewed on reference basis in the library.