Art

Johannesburg Art Gallery

South Africa is one of the most influential countries in the art industry. Some of the best artists are from this country and a proud landmark that represents artistry is the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Better known as JAG, the gallery is situated in Joubert Park. Before you even enter the building, you will be mesmerised by the architecture.

The trends in the city and influences of art reveal themselves in fashion, design, dance, music and so much more. So if you love art and want to be inspired, this is the place to visit.

The gallery is home to some of the most sought after and beautiful pieces of artwork. See more here!

Address: Klein and King George Street, Joubert Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG

Market

The Maboneng Precinct

The Maboneng Precinct is the home of arts, crafts and all things inspired by Africa.

This multifaceted venue is a great spot to visit on weekends when all the vendors are painting the precinct in gorgeous fabrics, centre pieces, art and so much more.

One our favourite spots at The Maboneng Precinct is the Market On Main, on every Sunday. The market is packed with fun and exciting things to do.

The Maboneng Precinct is a great place to explore design, entertainment, fashion, art and a taste of Africa.

See more about The Maboneng Precinct here.

Address: 276 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

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Eco-Friendly

Victoria Yards

Victoria Yards is an oasis of nature, raw textures and art.

This spot is filled with greenery, organic food, impeccable art, designers, craft makers, brewing connoisseurs and much more. The spots also has a monthly market that brings together people from all walks of life.

This picturesque spot is a great place to visit for inspiration.

Address: 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

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Knowledge

Johannesburg City Library

What better place to visit than a historical landmark that has a world of books? The Johannesburg City Library has many stories to tell. Situated in the Central Business District, it has become a place where many go to for good reads, studying and finding inspiration.

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Are there any other free spots in Johannesburg that leave you feeling inspired? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

Johannesburg City Library 

The Johannesburg City Library first opened its doors in 1935. It houses approximately 1.5-million books and items in its collection, and has more than 250 000 members. The building was upgraded between 2009 - 2012, and can now accommodate over 500 visitors. There are a number of specialist libraries within this stunning city building, including a children's library. Take the kids here for a one-of-a-kind library experience. If you are weary of venturing into the CBD on your own, book a walking tour of the library with MicroAdventure tours.

Special features: There is free Wi-Fi at the Johannesburg City Library, as well as an on-site coffee shop, a multimedia library and music library.

Details: Albertina Sisulu Rd & Pixley Ka Isaka Seme St, Johannesburg CBD | 011 492 7071 | Operating hours: Monday - Saturday : 09:00-17:00

Sandton Library  

The Sandton Library is situated at Nelson Mandela Square. They are open to the public, but you will have to become a member to borrow out books. Their children's section caters to kids aged 3 to 6. Why not pop by the library on your next visit to the bustling Sandton CBD? Treat the kids to something sweet afterwards at Belle's Patisserie or Walnut Grove located inside the Sandton City shopping mall.

Special features: Story time is held at the library every Wednesday afternoon. They also offer holiday programmes and extended operating hours during summer months.

Details: Nelson Mandela Square West Street, Sandton | 011 282 5911/ 5912 | Operating hours:

Monday - Thursday : 09:00-18:00

Friday & Saturday: 09:00-17:00

During the winter months, (May to August) the library will close at 17:30 on Monday - Thursday.

Libraries

Yeoville Library 

Yeoville Library is one of the newest public libraries in Joburg. Opened in 2009, the library is a much-needed community literacy initiative. The library is dedicated to the youth of the area. There are three sections for children, teens and young adults, as well as private study areas and access to free Wi-Fi. Reflecting the diversity of the Yeoville suburb, this library is an inner city book lovers haven.

Special features: The library boasts excellent digital facilities and equipment making it a great space to study, do research or just chill out.

Details: 51 Raleigh St, Yeoville | 011 487 1390 | Operating hours: Monday - Thursday & Saturday: 09:00-17:00; Friday: 09:00-13:00

Edenvale Library 

Edenvale Library is surprisingly difficult to find. Tucked away behind the dull, imposing municipal offices, this multi-storey home for books is a must-visit for literature lovers of all ages. Not only do they offer their members the latest best sellers, but also reference books, classics, audio books, DVDs and magazines to loan. Their second floor is solely dedicated to children's books, and features comfy reading corners, colouring-in activity books and puzzles. The staff here are super friendly and always willing to help out an eager young reader.

Special features: The library is surrounded by quaint restaurants and coffee shops. Take the kids along to De Backery (The Windmill Restaurant) just up the road from the library for delicious Dutch stroop waffles and thick hot chocolate.

Details: Van Riebeeck Ave, Edenvale | 011 999 3071 | Operating hours: Monday - Friday 09:00-16:30; Saturday 08:00-12:45

children reading

Alexandra 3rd Ave Children's Library 

This library, situated in the heart of Alexandra, is solely dedicated to children's literacy. Re-opened in 2015 after extensive renovations, the Alexandra Children's Library caters to children aged 3 - 18 years old. On average, the library sees up to 300 school children pass through its doors each day. The staff are known to assist the little ones with their homework or school projects; while, grade 11 and 12 students are offered career counselling and support. This library is a great resource for those who live nearby. However, they also welcome visitors who are looking for specific books or just a great place to introduce their kids to reading.

Special features: The library host holiday programmes for children of all ages. Split into their own age groups, children are encouraged to participate in story telling, games and quiet reading.

Details: 123 3rd Ave, Kew, Alexandra | 011 264 0895 | Operating hours: Monday - Thursday 09:00-17:00; Friday & Saturday 09:00-13:00

Keleketla! Library 

This one is for older kids with an interest in arts, culture and media. The Keleketla! Library in Troyeville, near Maboneng, is an interdisciplinary, independent library and media arts project. Their project, which launched in 2008, seeks to expand the traditional notion of book sharing and dissemination of knowledge. However, they do house a traditional library space with over 3 000 books, as well as posters, magazines, handwritings, audio and videos for lending.

Special features: The Kelekelta! Library host after school programmes which offer teens and young adults a space to enhance their intellectual and social experiences through art and media tools. Learners engage with local and global themes, while contributing to library archives and community initiatives.

Details: 6 Verwey St, Troyeville | 011 402 0141 | Operating hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

Have we missed out on any great children's libraries in Joburg? Let us know about them! 

Johannesburg City Library 

The Johannesburg City Library first opened its doors in 1935. It houses approximately 1.5-million books and items in its collection, and has more than 250 000 members. The building was upgraded between 2009 - 2012, and can now accommodate over 500 visitors. There are a number of specialist libraries within this stunning city building, including a children's library. Take the kids here for a one-of-a-kind library experience. If you are weary of venturing into the CBD on your own, book a walking tour of the library with MicroAdventure tours.

Special features: There is free Wi-Fi at the Johannesburg City Library, as well as an on-site coffee shop, a multimedia library and music library.

Details: Albertina Sisulu Rd & Pixley Ka Isaka Seme St, Johannesburg CBD | 011 492 7071 | Operating hours: Monday - Saturday : 09:00-17:00

Sandton Library  

The Sandton Library is situated at Nelson Mandela Square. They are open to the public, but you will have to become a member to borrow out books. Their children's section caters to kids aged 3 to 6. Why not pop by the library on your next visit to the bustling Sandton CBD? Treat the kids to something sweet afterwards at Belle's Patisserie or Walnut Grove located inside the Sandton City shopping mall.

Special features: Story time is held at the library every Wednesday afternoon. They also offer holiday programmes and extended operating hours during summer months.

Details: Nelson Mandela Square West Street, Sandton | 011 282 5911/ 5912 | Operating hours:

Monday - Thursday : 09:00-18:00

Friday & Saturday: 09:00-17:00

During the winter months, (May to August) the library will close at 17:30 on Monday - Thursday.

Libraries

Yeoville Library 

Yeoville Library is one of the newest public libraries in Joburg. Opened in 2009, the library is a much-needed community literacy initiative. The library is dedicated to the youth of the area. There are three sections for children, teens and young adults, as well as private study areas and access to free Wi-Fi. Reflecting the diversity of the Yeoville suburb, this library is an inner city book lovers haven.

Special features: The library boasts excellent digital facilities and equipment making it a great space to study, do research or just chill out.

Details: 51 Raleigh St, Yeoville | 011 487 1390 | Operating hours: Monday - Thursday & Saturday: 09:00-17:00; Friday: 09:00-13:00

Edenvale Library 

Edenvale Library is surprisingly difficult to find. Tucked away behind the dull, imposing municipal offices, this multi-storey home for books is a must-visit for literature lovers of all ages. Not only do they offer their members the latest best sellers, but also reference books, classics, audio books, DVDs and magazines to loan. Their second floor is solely dedicated to children's books, and features comfy reading corners, colouring-in activity books and puzzles. The staff here are super friendly and always willing to help out an eager young reader.

Special features: The library is surrounded by quaint restaurants and coffee shops. Take the kids along to De Backery (The Windmill Restaurant) just up the road from the library for delicious Dutch stroop waffles and thick hot chocolate.

Details: Van Riebeeck Ave, Edenvale | 011 999 3071 | Operating hours: Monday - Friday 09:00-16:30; Saturday 08:00-12:45

children reading

Alexandra 3rd Ave Children's Library 

This library, situated in the heart of Alexandra, is solely dedicated to children's literacy. Re-opened in 2015 after extensive renovations, the Alexandra Children's Library caters to children aged 3 - 18 years old. On average, the library sees up to 300 school children pass through its doors each day. The staff are known to assist the little ones with their homework or school projects; while, grade 11 and 12 students are offered career counselling and support. This library is a great resource for those who live nearby. However, they also welcome visitors who are looking for specific books or just a great place to introduce their kids to reading.

Special features: The library host holiday programmes for children of all ages. Split into their own age groups, children are encouraged to participate in story telling, games and quiet reading.

Details: 123 3rd Ave, Kew, Alexandra | 011 264 0895 | Operating hours: Monday - Thursday 09:00-17:00; Friday & Saturday 09:00-13:00

Keleketla! Library 

This one is for older kids with an interest in arts, culture and media. The Keleketla! Library in Troyeville, near Maboneng, is an interdisciplinary, independent library and media arts project. Their project, which launched in 2008, seeks to expand the traditional notion of book sharing and dissemination of knowledge. However, they do house a traditional library space with over 3 000 books, as well as posters, magazines, handwritings, audio and videos for lending.

Special features: The Kelekelta! Library host after school programmes which offer teens and young adults a space to enhance their intellectual and social experiences through art and media tools. Learners engage with local and global themes, while contributing to library archives and community initiatives.

Details: 6 Verwey St, Troyeville | 011 402 0141 | Operating hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

Have we missed out on any great children's libraries in Joburg? Let us know about them! 

LIBRARY

Johannesburg City Library

They are based in the city centre and have over 1.5 million books in its collection and more than 250 000 members. Here you can also take advantage of their public access computers and WiFi areas.

Where is it? Albertina Sisulu Road &, Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Street, Johannesburg

Constitutional Court Library

If you’re a law, psychology or social sciences student or studying anything similar to that field, then the Constitutional Court Library is a must-visit for you! It contains an outstanding collection of materials on human rights, international law and public law from jurisdictions all over the world. Just what you need as an eye opener, because you can never have too much information.

Where is it? Constitutional Court Library, 1 Hospital Street, Constitutional Hill, Braamfontein.

William Cullen Library

For all students who are studying humanities, literature and politics; they specialises in the social, political and economic history, and the languages and literature, of Africa. This library also has a professional team of skilled and knowledgeable staff to help you get access to the information that you need.

Where is it? East campus of WITS University, in Braamfontein.

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Sandton Library

This beautiful spot is situated at The Nelson Mandela Square and offers a quiet, peaceful atmosphere for you to surround yourself in three floors of books, relax on the couches and make use of the computer and internet facilities. It offers a collection of over 92 000 books as well as audio books, videos, music CDs, language tapes, the local daily and weekly newspapers, periodicals and the Provincial and Government Gazettes. It's also surrounded by tons of restaurants, just in case you get hungry.

Where is it? Nelson Mandela Square

Yeoville Library

Yeoville library is located in the inner city and is a great convenience for all students who are residing in and around the area. The recently built book haven serves as a study centre and ‘community room’ for the diverse pan-African community of Yeoville. It also has free WiFi and remarkable digital facilities and equipment to make your studying a bit easier.

Where is it? 51 Raleigh Street, Johannesburg

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