Read a book at the Pretoria National Library of South Africa

In an era when we do everything online, it is completely refreshing to pick a real book from a long shelf, blow the dust from the cover (even if there is actually no dust its fun being melodramatic like that) and page through the chapters that so many others have held before you. The National Library of South Africa is the leading national library and information centre of excellence in Africa and the world. They are the primary resource and custodian of South African documentary heritage and promote creative, effective and efficient universal access to information. The library collects and preserves published documents and make them accessible. They ensure that knowledge is not lost to posterity and that information is available for research. Their collection includes rare manuscripts, books published in South Africa, periodicals, government publications, official foreign publications, maps, technical reports, Africana and newspapers. Many of these are available on CD or microfilm, in digital format or accessible online. "One must be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." - Cassandra Clare, The Infernal Devices

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