Harry Molteno Library, Kirstenbosch

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About the Catalogue and Library Holdings

Visiting the Library and Contact Details

Obtaining Material from the Library


This, the Kirstenbosch library, dates from 1913 when Kirstenbosch was founded. It is named after Harry Molteno, one of the founders of the Molteno Bros Trust who funded the building which houses the collection. The library forms part of the KRC (Kirstenbosch Research Complex). 

Map: How to find us at Kirstenbosch.

Library Catalog and Holdings

The library has about 5 000 books, 750 journal/serial titles (of which about 200 are current) and a pamphlet collection of about 5 000 items.   It also maintains an index of approximately 14 000 journal articles about SA flora and related topics. We also have a few videos, CDs and microfiches.

All items are indexed in the catalogue. The catalog also contains details of books housed in 7 satellite libraries. We have been unable to submit our records to Magnet/Sabinet for the past 10 years, so SA librarians searching for environmental material are invited to check our catalog.
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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: 8h30 – 16h30.

Please telephone first to check hours if you are travelling some distance. We cannot guarantee that the library will always be open at the times listed above.


Contact Details

Tel: RSA(021) 799 8712
Fax: RSA(021) 762 0646

For more on-line information about SA plants and related topics see our website


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