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The Iziko Social History Library is situated at the Iziko Social History Centre in Church Square, Cape Town City Centre. The library is part of the Iziko Museum’s administration and is a reference library offered for use to the public, free of charge. The library’s main emphasis is on the people of Southern Africa with a special interest in Cape Town and the Western Cape. Librarians are available for assistance with projects and general research.

For assistance please contact the Librarian for an appointment.

Books and Other Media

  • History
  • Popular culture such as Kaapse klopse.
  • Furniture
  • Ceramics
  • Textiles
  • Decorative Arts
  • Cape Historical paintings
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Anthropology


  • Photocopying
  • Librarian assistance
  • Online resources
  • Services via telephone, email, post or fax
  • Local daily newspapers


  • Monday to Friday, 10h00 - 16h00
  • Closed : Christmas and Worker’s Day

  • Admission

    There is no charge.

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