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Joining a library
All residents are welcome to join their local library. You need to present your identity book, with proof of residence. Children will also need to show their birth certificates.

Cards will be issued by the libraries. Those applying for the first time will have to wait for five working days for their documents to be processed.

For those wishing to take four or less books at any one time, membership is free.

For those wanting to take more than four books, it will cost R30 per year for membership.

JOHANNESBURG'S public libraries are hubs of education, giving residents access to books, magazines and audio-visual materials.

Besides lending out material, the City’s libraries offer a wide-range of other services including literacy classes, story telling sessions for youngsters, classroom support, gatherings for older residents and literary competitions.

They are also the venues for lectures, exhibitions, and talks.

Libraries can be found across the City’s seven regions, and mobile satellite centres also travel to far-flung areas.

The main library – the Johannesburg Public Library – is based in the city centre, in Market Street. It has over 1.5-million books in its collection and more than 250 000 members. 

Also on the premises are a number of specialist libraries:
  •    Central Reference Library
  •    Children’s Library
  •    Michaelis Art Library
  •    Multimedia Library
  •    Music Library
  •    Harold Strange Library of African Studies
  •    Newspaper Reading Room
  •    Cybase centre
  •    Young Adults' Reference Library

The Central Lending Library is open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm, and on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.

The Reference Library's hours are from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. Apart from the main library in the centre of the city, there are many other libraries in the suburbs. 

There is also an Urban Resource Centre (previously the  Local Government Library) located on the 12th floor of the Metro Centre in Braamfontein. 

Our complete list of libraries provide contact details and opening hours:

The head office is in Region F at 22 Solomon Street, Braamfontein. The contact person is Nokwazi Mdlalose (PA to Director LIS) on 011 226 0953.

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