Special Library

Nelson Mandela Museum Special Library

The refurbishment of the museum between 2011 and 2016 led to the establishment of a Special Library that will exist as an integral part of the organization. The Library is assigned to acquire, organize, provide access to information and knowledge to its patrons. The Special Library was officially opened for use by the public in 2021. The Newly opened library offers Children’s Library section and Adult section.

The Special Library is established to promote the life and times of Nelson Mandela through life learning on his collection. The collection is not only limited to a specific subject, however, have a diverse rich collection and it further enjoy privileged access to collections of liberation struggle through reciprocal sharing with leading libraries.

Museum’s special library will continue to invest in deeper and more focused local collections, in print, digital, audio and video formats in collaborations with National and international institutions of higher learning to ensure the permanence and ongoing accessibility of Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s archival material to enhance knowledge development and debate.

Special Library Program

Museum library programs will be aligned to Library and information of South Africa (LIASA) calendar of events.

  • National Book week
  • Youth Month Program

Adult Section

Children Section


Monday 9 am–4 pm Tuesday 9 am–4 pm Wednesday 9 am–4 pm Thursday 9 am–4 pm Friday 9 am–4 pm Saturday 9 am–1 pm Sunday Closed

Adults: free
Children & Students free
Donations Accepted

Corner Nelson Mandela Drive & Owen Street, Bhunga Building, Mthatha, 5009
047 501 9500