Faith and Encounter Centre Zambia

A Catholic Resource Centre
for Faiths and Cultures in Zambia


The Library and Archives at FENZA are central components of FENZA's aim to be a major resource centre for faith and culture in Zambia. For a very modest fee, these excellent collections are open to students, researchers and the general public.

FENZA Library

The FENZA Library contains more than 8,500 volumes on anthropology, history, religions, African studies, ecumenism, missiology and Zambia. In addition, it subscribes to a number of relevant journals.

Open Monday–Friday, 08:00–16:00 hours.
Open Saturday, 08:00–14:00 hours.

Closed on Sundays & public holidays.


The library is for consultation only, not for borrowing. Current membership fees (2023) are 50 Kwacha for one month or 200 Kwacha for one year. The daily fee without a membership is 15 Kwacha. Photocopying, printing, scanning and laminating services are available for a modest fee.

FENZA Archives

The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) Archives at FENZA contain a wealth of documents and other materials, some dating back well over 100 years. They include publications, correspondence, mission diaries, eye-witness accounts of key events in Zambian history, reports, photographs, drawings, newspaper cuttings, instructions on pastoral policy, field notes, scholarly research, dictionaries of several Zambian languages, and more.

The Archives are for consultation only. Membership fees for the Archives are the same as for the Library. Those who wish to use both the Library and the Archives can take advantage of a special combined rate: 70 kwacha for one month or 250 kwacha for one year. The daily combined fee without a membership is 20 kwacha. There is also a modest additional fee for using digital cameras. These fees are necessary to help maintain the Archives.

FENZA Archives catalogue
The Archives catalogue can be downloaded, and you can use the search function of MS-Word to browse through it. (Word.doc)

A guide to the FENZA Archives
By Marja Hinfelaar & Giacomo Macola. (Word.doc)

E-libraries at FENZA

FENZA is a member of the Zambia Library Consortium (ZALICO). Through this membership, FENZA provides online access to academic journals and many other resources from JSTOR, EBSCOhost, and other major e-libraries and databases. This service is available onsite at FENZA and Library fees apply. Please consult the librarian about how to access these digital resources.

Click on E-libraries at FENZA to see what is on offer.