Harry Molteno Library

The library at Kirstenbosch dates back to 1913 when the Garden was founded. Since that time it has grown considerably and has moved several times. It is presently housed in the Kirstenbosch Research Centre, built in 1993 and named after Harry Molteno, who was instrumental in establishing the Molteno Trust, which funded the Kirstenbosch Research Centre.

Library Catalogue and Holdings

The library has approximately 8 000 books, 750 journal / serial titles (of which about 200 are current) and a pamphlet collection of about 5 000 items, as well as a few videos, CDs and microfiches. It maintains an index of approximately 20 000 journal articles about SA flora and related topics.

All items are indexed in the catalogue, which also contains details of books housed in 7 satellite libraries. Subjects covered include taxonomy, biodiversity, conservation ecology, climate change, global warming, morphology, plant anatomy, plant geography, ethnobotany, history of botany, palaeobotany and plant exploration.

The library serves the staff of SANBI as well as members of the public, researchers, students and school children. South African librarians searching for environmental material are invited to check the Harry Molteno Library Catalogue.

Visiting the Library

Members of the public, learners and students are welcome to use the library for research purposes. Photocopying facilities are available.

Library Hours

Mon-Fri: 8h00 - 16h30

Please telephone to confirm open hours. The library is currently understaffed and may not be open at the advertised times.

Contact Details

Tel: 021 799 8712Fax: 021 762 0646
Email: library@sanbi.org.za

Last updated on 03 October 2012