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Branch libraries are circulating libraries, in other words, all books and music items can be borrowed, unlike Don Africana and Reference libraries.

These libraries have books and non books, which include English, Afrikaans, Zulu fiction and non fiction as well as a large collection of musical CD’s, DVD’s, records, cassettes, videos. Some of the branch libraries have Toy collection.



Orientation programmes are held at these libraries for schools. Puppets  and storytelling are used to introduce basic concepts of the library to scholars. Most of these pupils have never before been into a library. The programmes are conducted in English and Zulu. Average attendance is 400 scholars. Branch libraries organise storytelling clubs, consisting of staff members who hold regular storytelling festivals in various schools and at branch libraries. An average attendance at these festivals is 300 children. During holidays branch libraries organise holiday programmes for children which include craft sessions.

General Activity rooms

Most libraries have GA rooms, and these are made available to the public. The GA rooms are made available free of charge to non govermental organisations.



Membership is free of charge to anybody living or working in the Durban Metropolitan area, and is valid for 2 years. As a member  you may borrow three books, two magazines, and two music items on your computer card. The loan period is 14 days or items can be issued on 28 days on request. You can arrange renewal of items telephonically or in person, with an extension of further fourteen days provided that no-one else has reserved the item.

Opening times:

Monday  12:00 - 18:00
Tuesday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 08:30 - 12:30