Janheinz Jahn was a most painstaking bibliographer. With publications such as Die neoafrikanische Literatur: Gesamtbibliographie von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart (1965) and Bibliography of Creative African Writing (1971 with Claus Peter Dressler) he was one of the first scholars to attempt to compile a comprehensive bibliographic record of literary works by (neo-)African writers. His pioneering bibliographic work represents a significant contribution to research on African literatures.

This website is meant to tie in with Jahn's bibliographic work. The publication of bibliographies on the website of the Jahn Library is meant to provide a virtual resource for international, transcultural research in African literary studies.

A start was made in November 2011 with the publication of a bibliography of the anglophone literature of Zambia, compiled by Ranka Primorac: "An Overshadowed Literature: Mapping the Field. A Bibliography of Zambia's Literature in English". Also in November, a second bibliography was added: "Ghanaian Theatre: A Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources", compiled by James Gibbs, followed by "A Bibliography of Secondary Sources on Wole Soyinka", compiled by James Gibbs. It is hoped that further bibliographies will follow; proposals are welcome.

An Evening of Zambian Literature: Launch of Ranka Primorac's Online-Bibliography of Zambia's literature in English