On the middle floor of the Heritage Centre, the Research services’ modern reading room, equipped with photocopying and scanning facilities and internet access, provides a safe and quiet working environment for researchers. The specialized reference library contains more than 15 000 books, periodicals, journals, pamphlets, dissertations and electronic sources.
The library specialises in the history and cultural history of South Africa. It contains sources on language, education, church history, the history of places and place names, military history, family history and heritage conservation. Sources on the Great Trek, Voortrekker Monument, Anglo-Boer War, Border War, Afrikaans cultural history and South African personalities also form part of the collection.
Family history research is becoming increasingly popular, and the library offers a wealth of information on this subject. As an affiliate library to the Family Search Centre (Genealogical Society of Utah, now operating as FamilySearch International), we offer access to church and civilian records on microfilm at a reasonable tariff. Many of these records are also available online on the FamilySearch website.
The northern regional branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa (GSSA) meets once a month at the Heritage Centre. The Library houses the GSSA’s extensive book collection, which is also accessible to the general public.