The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House, commonly known as Rhodes House Library, was opened in 1929 and specialises in the history and current affairs - political, economic and social - of the Commonwealth and sub-Saharan Africa including the offshore islands. The Library holds books, journals, theses, government publications and special collections (manuscripts, archives, special or rare books). The Library is for reference only; there is no lending service.
The Library does not cover the Indian sub-continent or Burma, for which readers should apply to the Upper Camera or Oriental Institute Library (check SOLO for locations); coverage of Sri Lanka is at present shared with the Upper Camera/Oriental Institute Library.
Published material on the United States of America, formerly part of the Library, was transferred in 2001 to the Vere Harmsworth Library which is located a short distance away.
The Library is located in Rhodes House, the administrative and social headquarters of the Rhodes Trust, designed by Sir Herbert Baker.