Closed Access at the National Library

Namibian materials acquired through legal deposit also known as the Namibiana Collection are kept under closed access. Only staff members from the reference desk can retrieve the material for the users and these can only be used in the library. The following materials are also kept under closed access:
• The Namibian Government Gazettes
• South West African Acts from 1942
• South African Legislation from 1910
• South African Law Reports from 1947
• UN and World Bank publications.

Television broadcasting

The National Library provides access to 8 DStv educational channels including NBC in the foyer. Users can request the channels they want to view by contacting a staff member.


EBSCOhost is an online system that provides access to several periodical indexes or databases. These databases contain citations, abstracts and many full-text articles from journals,etc.

Free Internet Access

Both National Library and Community Libraries provide free internet access to their users. Users can use library computers or connect their own devices to the WI-FI.

Inter-library Loans

Materials in National Library collection are generally not lent out to individuals. They can only be requested on behalf of users through other libraries where they hold membership.

NLAS’ Other Services

Namibia National Bibliography

The National Library serves as the National Bibliographical Agency; and as a basis for compiling the Namibia National Bibliography. The NNB aims to include a complete list of titles published in the Republic of Namibia during the period covered and received by the National Library of Namibia in accordance with the provision for legal deposit as stipulated in the Namibia Library and Information Service Act, No. 4 of 2000.