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National Library of South Africa

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Great building

This is a great building which has the traditional feel of libraries from years gone by. Quick tip... read more

Reviewed February 9, 2019
A bibliophile's dream!

Another stunning old building, this time housing a vast repository of basically everything... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2018
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed February 9, 2019

This is a great building which has the traditional feel of libraries from years gone by. Quick tip: If you want to catch up on emails or the internet, there is free wifi available here.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed August 2, 2018

Another stunning old building, this time housing a vast repository of basically everything published in SA! As previous reviewers have mentioned, if you have anything specific you would like to view or do research on, then you need to phone in advance and make a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 11, 2018

When I visited the Slave Lodge, I learned that Afrikkans was first written in the Arabic script. As a native speaker of the Arabic language, I was curious to see the language in this script and try to read it and see how close is...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed February 9, 2018

While holidaying in Cape Town for 15 nights from 29/11/17 to 14/12/17 I would often walk past the Library during my daily sightseeing & decided to call in on Monday 11/12/17. Architecturally old white beautiful building and looks very grand on approach, no admission fee...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank STEPHEN N
Reviewed June 18, 2017

If libraries are your 'thing' – or if you grew up looking for books in a classic card catalogue (picture attached) – then I'd highly recommend swinging by the National Library of South Africa's Cape Town campus, right next to The Company's Gardens in the...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Christiaan_Slabbert
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