Ashesi's library is primarily digital, with subscriptions to a number of electronic information resources, including the PERI databases which give access to over 30,000 scholarly journals. Ashesi's library is not limited to the library building; it reaches out, with cutting edge information, into faculty and administrative offices, classrooms, cafeterias, and even outdoor gathering spaces.
The electronic library is supplemented by a physical collection that is currently 27,000 volumes, as well as a variety of international and local magazines, newspapers, and research publications.
- The whole of the Todd and Ruth Warren Library building
- Two floors with seating for 150 users
- The Joseph and Miyuki Dadzie Seminar room (301) - which can be booked by small groups of students, faculty and staff
- The Catherine and Patrick Awuah Snr Seminar room (302) - which is occupied by the Learning Lab
- Ten wide-screen computers
- Photocopiers - two
The library subscribes to a number of electronic information resources, including the PERI databases which gives access to over 30,000 scholarly journals. Most are available via IP address for computers using Ashesi's network, including those using the wifi.
The Physical Collection
Ashesi's library collection currently consists of over 9,000 books and 200 CD-ROMs focused on four main areas: business administration, computer science, engineering and the liberal arts component of our curriculum, including titles related to literature, literary criticism, social theory, philosophy, history and political science. The collection will continue to grow over time.
The Africana/special collection section is located on the ground floor of the main library. Books in the collection include materials related to general Africana plus books specifically related to Ghana. The library will continue to collect volumes in the area of Africana in order to maintain a comprehensive collection.
Magazines and Newspapers
We buy the following locally:
- Daily Graphic
- Ghanaian Times
- Business and Financial Times
- The Economist
- New African
- African Business
A collection of publications from various institutions and organizations such as the Government Ministries, Bank of Ghana, Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), etc. are available.
Theses & Dissertations
Unpublished dissertations and theses produced by Ashesi students and faculty may be viewed on a reference basis in the library. Over time these are being added to the Ashesi Institutional Repository.
The library is managed by Nina Chachu (Head Librarian), assisted by Dinah Koteikor Baidoo (Assistant Librarian) and Enoch Agonyo (Library Assistant).
As part of the work study programme, selected students are given the chance to work in the library in the evenings and on Saturdays. They shelve books, assist other students in locating materials, and help with data entry. At the moment there are sixteen students from all classes supporting our late opening.