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Swahili books and resources at UIUC are found in the main library, the International Area Studies library, the Undergraduate Library and the website of the Center for African Family Studies. Other resources within the linguistics department and various centers are discussed below.
Swahili reference materials such as dictionaries (kamusi) are in the International Area Studies library situated on the third floor.
Browsing the stacks for Swahili books
Numerous Swahili books are also found in the stacks of the main library. Search the library catalog for more information.
Video Collections and Streaming Movies
A recent movie resource is Kanopy. Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and educational institutions that offers viewers a large collection of award-winning films and documentaries.
The Undergraduate Library: The media collection in the Undergraduate Library is made up of non-print materials in a variety of formats such as DVD, Blu-ray VHS, video game, audio cassette, and CD. Items in the circulating collection are located on the lower-level of the UGL while those on reserve are housed on the upper-level of the UGL at the Circulation Desk. In-house viewing and equipment is available in most formats. Notably, some of the Swahili videos have English subtitles.
Center for African Studies
The Center for African studies has a repertoire of Swahili poems and a page that describes the Kanga cloth. This website also has a link that provides resources for learning Swahili.
The Center for Language Instruction and Coordination (CLIC)
The Center for Language Instruction and Coordination (CLIC) brings together department members and students that offer foreign languages at UIUC. The mission of CLIC is to strengthen and advance language teaching and learning at the UIUC by providing opportunities for collaboration, professional development, and innovation related to language teaching and program management, as well as by promoting programs across campus and beyond
Swahili Program at UIUC
The University of Illinois offers courses in Swahili each academic year and in the summers too. This course list provides the courses taught at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels.