Fodor's Expert Review Africana Library

Kimberly Library/Archive

Housed in the old Kimberley Public Library, which was built in 1887, this is one of the country's premier reference libraries. Books are shelved from floor to ceiling, and an ornate wrought-iron staircase connects the floors. Included among the 20,000 books in the collection are such rarities as the Setswana Bible, the first-ever Bible in an African language, printed by Robert Moffat in the 1850s. The library also has four books dating from the 1400s and a good selection of locally published, limited-edition books for sale. If there's enough interest on tours or when requested by researchers, books are removed from the safe, and visitors can—under surveillance—have hands-on contact with some literary jewels. The library is said to be haunted by the ghost of Bertram Dyer, the first qualified librarian in the country. After he was caught defrauding the library of money, he committed suicide. He now purportedly stacks files on the floor and rattles teacups in the kitchen.

Library/Archive

Quick Facts

63–65 Du Toitspan Rd.
Kimberley, Northern Cape  8301, South Africa

053-830–6247

www.africanalibrary.co.za

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Donations accepted, Closed weekends

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