The collection consists mostly of printed books: c. 640 items, of which only 190 are catalogued online. 4 non-current periodicals are also held.
History and development
Same as general holdings
The main areas of strength are: Ethiopic Literature (mostly in translation), where we hold c.180 items; Ancient and Medieval Ethiopia, c.70 items: Modern History of Ethiopia, with around 100 items. The collection also contains volumes on Ethiopian Christianity, Ethiopian politics, mostly concerning the reign of Haile Selassie and the succeeding military regime and some material on development (and underdevelopment) issues in Ethiopia.
General arrangement and access regulations
The Ethiopian collections of Durham University Library are split between: 1) A country-based sequence of older material, formerly held in the library's Oriental Section before its closure in 1987, classified in the Library of Congress classification scheme and not catalogued online 2) Post-1987 material and older material reclassified into Dewey and catalogued online, shelved as part of the main book sequence. All Ethiopian material is on open access apart from a small amount in store and items in all languages in the collection are shelved together.