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Archival Library

Having been recently renovated, the Isie Maisel's Reference Library collection contains more than 5000 books and over 1 000 DVDs. Part of that collection is the unique and excellent archival history of South African Zionism and Jewry dating back to as far as 1897. There are also numerous bound and unbound periodical collections of The Herald Times, Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Herald, Jewish Report, South African Jewish Times and Zionist Record among others. The collection of photos of people, events and places dating back from the 1960s, and the vast collection of news cuttings, provide valuable and necessary information to those seeking to know more about these periods.  

Services offered by the library will change from September 2017.  The library will become only a reference library, offering reference and research assistance to students and the local community at its facility; while the lending of fictional books and DVDs will no longer be operational.

However, for educational purposes the library will continue to facilitate the borrowing of some of the content by institutions or community organizations.

We invite you to use our archives and discover fascinating information about our community at the library which is based in the Beyachad building.


The library has many old, rare publications that are no longer easily available.  There is also a collection of non-fiction and fiction of general interest, donated by the late Hon. Abe Abrahamson and others.


The Joe Green Audio Visual Library has over 1 400 DVD titles: documentaries on many aspects of Jewish life, religion and history particularly the Second World War and the Holocaust, as well as feature films, both old and new, on Jewish and general themes or with a Jewish cast or producers. 

Press cuttings

Our huge collection of news cuttings is a source of valuable information on all our topics and goes back to the mid twentieth century.


We gladly accept donations of new books and DVDs in as-new condition. We are interested in books on all aspects of Israeli life and South African Jewish affairs that have been published in the last 10 years. Please contact the library before making your donation.


Bound and unbound periodicals include: The Herald Times, Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Herald, Jewish Report, South African Jewish Times, Zionist Record and more. Periodicals may be used in the library.


The collection of photos of people, events and places goes back to the 1960s. Photocopies can be made or you may bring your camera and photograph them.


We have some pamphlets on Israel and South African Jewry that can be used in the library.

Contact the Archival Library