The Social History Library

The Social History Library focuses on the history and people of Southern Africa, with special reference to the Western Cape and more specifically Cape Town.

About the Library

The library focuses on the history and people of Southern Africa, with a special interest in Cape Town and the Western Cape. The library collection covers topics such as history, popular culture (e.g. Kaapse Klopse), furniture, ceramics, textiles and other decorative arts, historical paintings at the Cape, archaeology and architecture.

The Library Collection

The library provides access to a large collection of books, journals, pamphlets, sales catalogues and exhibition catalogues. DVDs and CDs are also included in the collection.

Services and Facilities

Librarians are available to assist with research and to respond to reference enquiries. If you are unable to visit the library, reference services are also available via telephone, email, post or fax.
As a reference library, all materials must be used in the library.
Photocopying facilities are available for a fee. Copyright restrictions apply.
Daily Western Cape newspapers are also available.

Library Hours

Open only on Monday and Wednesday from 10h00–15h30 (Please contact the library for an appointment)


Situated at Iziko Social History Centre, 17 Church Square, Cape Town

Contact Details

Tel: +27(0)214677207/9
Fax: +27(0)214614739


Exhibitions & Events

Inside Iziko

Iziko Museums