The national library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. On Wednesdays, the library is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The library is well located within Cape Town, a short distance from many city attractions. For those wishing to take the bus to the National Library of South Africa, the MyCiti bus offers a convenient and affordable option.
There is ample parking available at the National Library of South Africa. The parking lot is located behind the library building and is accessible from Wale Street.
The Microfilm Room provides microfiche and microfilm reader printers for researchers to access and convert text materials into an easily readable format. Staff are available to train users on equipment operation.
The Special Collections section provides reference and retrieval services for a variety of materials, including rare books, manuscripts, maps, and iconography. Many of the items are indexed online and can be accessed via the OPAC. All items are housed in the Abe Bailey Reading Room. Please make an appointment as some items are stored off-site. Special care is taken when handling materials, so only pencils or laptops may be used for taking notes.
The Reader Services section at the National Library in Cape Town facilitates access to the library's extensive collection of materials. The Reading Room assists users in locating and retrieving materials, while the Photocopy section provides duplication services within copyright guidelines. Additionally, Reader Services handles intercampus loan requests from the Pretoria Campus, ensuring access to a wider range of resources.