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Current acquisitions include a core collection of multi-disciplinary print journals, books, dissertations, newspapers and videos. Government and consultants’ reports of research and public policy work related to the Okavango River Basin are being acquired and catalogued with the support of the Okavango Delta Management Plan (ODMP) project. The ORI Library weblog, Flow,flowhoorc.blogspot.com provides current information about these acquisitions and other Okavango information resources to the ODMP community.

The core of the ORI Library’s print holdings is the collection on natural resources management. We also have a unique collection of pioneering Okavango Delta researcher Peter Smith, who worked in various environmental capacities for the Bechuanaland and subsequently, Botswana governments in Ngamiland between 1958 and his death in 1999. Peter Smith's interests embraced not only ecological, hydrological, geographical and botanical areas, but also sociology, linguistics, history and anthropology. His collection of journals, books and reports reflects his wide-ranging interests and provides valuable historical context for Okavango Delta research.

Catalogue access to the Peter Smith Collection and to other ORI Library resources is available through the University of Botswana Library Portal.

The Library is open to the public for browsing and reference: please visit or contact us should you need further assistance.

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