The KwaZulu Natal Museum Library is one of the largest specialist research libraries in South Africa. Our collections have been built up carefully since the formal inception of the Natal Museum in 1904, and prior to this from 1851, when the early Museum was part of the Natal Society.



The Library has a strong special collections in the following fields:

  • Afrotropical entomology, particularly Diptera
  • Indo –Pacific Mollusca
  • African lower invertebrates
  • African arachnology and herpetology
  • South African archaeology, particularly KwaZulu Natal stone and Iron ages
  • South African rock art
  • KwaZulu Natal anthropology, particularly relating to the Zulu and the Nguni people
  • KwaZulu Natal cultural history
  • South African natural history in general.

 The primary function of this library is to provide professional library service to serve the scientific needs of the community. To develop and preserve the library collection.

Library Division

Chief Librarian

Opening Times

Monday to Friday - 9:00 to 16:00 
Saturdays - 9:00 to 16:00 
Sundays - 10:00 to 15:00


Adults (over 17 years) : R 20.00

Children (4-17 years) : R 10.00 

School Learners on tour : R 3.00 per child

Pensioners & toddlers : FREE