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Orlando East Public Library


Orlando East Public Library is the oldest library in Soweto in South Africa.HistoryThe library is said to have started in two iron huts in 1948 that lacked both electricity and seating.The library was housed in the first building in Soweto designed to be a public library in 1950. It was built on Mooki Street by people from the local Vocational Training Centre and impressively it was larger than other public library then available in the main city of Johannesburg. It was probably the most important library for Africans in South Africa at the time. In 2012 the libraries in Soweto said they had nearly fifty thousand members.The Library's collection was given a substantial gift in 1963 when Madie Hall Xuma, the American born widow of Dr. A.B.Xuma who had been a President of the African National Congress during the 1940s, gave his book collection to the library. Her husband had died in 1962 and she moved back to the United States. Madie Hall Xuma had also been active in South African politics becoming president of the national council of the South African Young Women's Christian Association.TodayIn 2000 the library was updated and extended. In 2013 a blue plaque was installed to recognise the library's importance as the oldest public library.The library has good signage and still has spacious accommodation. It attracts students to study with its "fairly full" shelves and a good reference section that includes textbooks. Upstairs there is a media centre and an area reserved for children's books. The library offered free internet access in 2013.

Address: 6544 Cnr Rathebe & Mook St, 1804 Johannesburg
Phone: +27 11 935 1040
City: Johannesburg
Street Number: 6544 Cnr Rathebe & Mook St
Zip Code: 1804
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It was a pleasant experience,quiet,tranquil and a good place to do your work or study so I enjoyed myself,although I couldn't do research or use the WiFi as both aren't operating but either than that it was good.
Honestly not a place to brag about, good for just going there for peace and quiet
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I was borrowing book and staff attitude good.
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