The library of the Heritage Foundation started in 2001 when the Hertzog Trust collection arrived at the Voortrekker Monument on loan. At that time, the administrative/professional staff were still housed in the house on the grounds. From that moment on, Mrs Pretorius (the first librarian) actively started to set up a library.
When the library moved to the Heritage Centre in 2008, the library immediately received many donations from benefactors and the Gauteng library services. The library began to collect historical themes such as the Great Trek, The Rebellion of 1914–1915, the Voortrekker Monument and the Afrikaner republics, to name a few. The collection has expanded to the historical value behind the Afrikaner heritage sites such as those of Blood River, Vegkop, Slagtersnek etc. Information about well-known Afrikaner figures, for example Koos de la Rey and Paul Kruger, is collected with Great Trek heroes such as Andries Pretorius and many more.
If the history of heritage sites and heroes is not enough, the library also collects themes such as the origin of towns and cities within the Republic as well as themes regarding the culture, music, language and literature of the Afrikaners. Because it is the Heritage Centre’s policy to collect only Afrikaner history themes, the library only collects art and literature that have contributed great value to Afrikaner development.
While the Heritage Centre can feel proud of its book collection, it can also boast about a large collection of magazines, including Die Ster, Panorama, Huisgenoot and Die Jongmens, just to name a few. Along with the magazines, the library also houses a collection of government newspapers and debates, also dating from the era of Natalia, Transvaal, Orange Free State and the Cape Colony.
The library may have started with the Hertzog collection, but it has grown to eventually create a research centre for anyone who wants to learn more about his or her history and also to create a haven for the Afrikaner story.