Typewriters still in use at the Yangambi Library, Yangambi, DR Congo, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008. The library contains a large collection of old scientific books, papers and all the annual reports for Yangambi. It has been keep intact by a small skeleton crew who spend lost of their days drying out damp books..Yangambi Research Station is the former Belgian headquarters for all major scientific ecological, biological and agricultural research in Africa between the 1930's and 1960. Abandonment began in 1960 with Independence and although Congo attempted to maintain Yangambi, sometimes in co-operation with the Belgians, the facility began to fall into disrepair through the 70's and 80's. War in the 1990's halted all potential for progress and for the past decade a skeleton crew has made a futile attempt to stave off further decline.