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228 Johannes Ramokhoase Street, Pretoria, GPS Coordinates : -25.741449, 28.189774 


About Us


The Department of Arts and Culture supports public and community libraries through the conditional grant. This enables South Africans to gain access to knowledge and information resources that will improve their socio-economic conditions.

Since its inception in 2007, the conditional grant has made great strides in improving the State of Public and Community Libraries in South Africa.

The conditional grant enhances the public and community libraries through:

  • Improved coordination and collaboration between national, provincial and local government around library services.
  • Transformed and equitable library and information services delivered to all rural and urban communities.
  • Improved library infrastructure and services that meet the needs of the communities they serve including building new libraries, upgrading existing infrastructure, mobile Library Units, Toy Libraries, Mini libs for the people with visual impairments and dual purpose libraries to provide library services to schools and communities.
  • Improved staff capacity and training to respond to the knowledge and information needs of the community.
  • Improved culture of reading through reading programmes, literary events, establishment of book clubs, writing and publishing programmes.
  • Implement reading facilities for visually impaired persons in public libraries are being prioritised and rolled out in provinces in cooperation with the South African Library for the Blind.
  • ICT infrastructure and Library automated systems.
  • Purchasing library collections including school text books and gaming equipment for early childhood development (ECD) needs.

The Provincial Library Services have utilised the conditional grant funding to build, refurbish and upgrade libraries, establish ICT connectivity in libraries, Staff capacity development programmes, acquire Library equipment and furniture, establish reading programmes, and increase Library collections.


Promotion of a culture of reading, writing and publishing in South Africa

Library disaster management training and recovery operations

Library marketing and awareness

Implementation of the Resource Description Access (RDA) in South Africa

Promotion and coordination of Legal Deposit in South Africa

Informationa and Communication Technology (ICT) connectivity in South Africa

Library and Information Services Transformation Charter

Development of the National Policy for Library and Information Services (NPLIS) 

Libraries Transformation Charter. 

Conditional Grant Impact Assesment

Promotion and coordination of the Legal Deposit in South Africa



Pretoria Campu228

Johannes Ramokhose Street

(Proes Street), Pretoria

Private Bag x990, Pretoria 0001

Tel: +27 (12)  401 9700

Fax: +27 (12) 326 7642

GPS Coordinates : -25.741449, 28.189774







Cape Town Campus

5 Queen Victoria Street

P O Box 496,Vlaeberg,Cape Town,8000

Tel: +27 (21) 465 8870

Fax: +27 (21) 461 4510

Center for the Book

62 Queen Victoria Street

P O Box 15254,Vlaeberg,Cape Town,800

Tel: +27(21) 423 2669

Fax: +27(21) 424 1484

Department of Arts and Culture

VWL Building,122 Madiba Street,  Pretoria

 Private Bag X899, Pretoria,0001

Tel: +27(12) 441 3000

Fax :+27(12) 441 3699                     


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