This new facility forms part of the museumâ€™s plans to make their archive more accessible and establish a research centre.
The basis of the museum library contains four major collections of early Afrikaans books, namely the collections of well-known language specialists professors PJ Nienaber and DJ KotzÃ©, FCL Bosman (well-known theatre and drama historian) and RFM Immelman (renowned ex-librarian of the University of Cape Town). These collections were obtained largely through the mediation of professors Nienaber and KotzÃ©.
The rate for research in the reading room is R30 for a half day, and R50 for a full day. The museum researcher also offers a professional research service to clients at an hourly rate.
The reading room is also available for hire as a venue for small meetings and lectures.