The Sam Cohen Library was officially opened on the 3rd December 1977. Being a reference library it hosts approximately 10.000 books, which include the Africana Collection of Ferdinand Stich, former bookshop owner of Swakopmund.
The archives, forming a part of the library, contain a collection of newspapers from 1898 (German Southwestafrica) up to present-day Namibia as well as a comprehensive collection of historic photographs, postcards, maps and documents.
German newspapers are available (with intermittence during the World Wars) from 1898 up to present. The following Afrikaans newspapers are available: Die Suidwes Afrikaner 1927-1941, Die Suidwester 1947-1988 and Republikein 1985 up until present. The earliest English newspapers date back to 1923 (The Windhoek Advertiser). The Sam Cohen Library archives these newspapers, but some gaps do exist.
The extensive collection of documents in the Sam Cohen Library is used by a variety of researchers. Historians for example use the documentation in the historic newspapers to trace people coming into the country (e.g. through passenger lists published by shipping lines).
Monday – Friday 08h00-13h00
Every 2nd Saturday of the month from 09h00-13h00
The library is situated on the corner of Sam Nujoma Avenue and Windhoeker Street.
Here you can find an overview of the German daily press in German Southwest Africa until 1938 (Newspaper Article 1939)