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Main Public Library

37 Newton Street, Port Elizabeth 6045, South Africa
+27 41 585 8133
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Magnificent old building

A pity the library is currently closed for renovation, but the exterior still has numerous... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2017
kdgarlipp
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Pretoria, South Africa
Dissapointing

I wanted to do some research thinking that the library is still operating only to find big locks on... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
miznkontsa
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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14 Dec 2017
“Magnificent old building”
19 Oct 2016
“Dissapointing”
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37 Newton Street, Port Elizabeth 6045, South Africa
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Reviewed December 14, 2017

A pity the library is currently closed for renovation, but the exterior still has numerous intricate artworks and plaques.

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Reviewed October 19, 2016

I wanted to do some research thinking that the library is still operating only to find big locks on the doors

Thank miznkontsa
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Reviewed June 10, 2016

This imposing building, situated in Market Square and designed in the Victorian Gothic style, has been closed for some time, in order that vital maintenance work be done. Therefore it is not at all possible to gain entry into the building, either as a tourist...More

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Reviewed June 8, 2016

Step back in time and marvel at a hidden gem in PE . A wonderful old building gracing the Main Street in town . There is a really lovely reference section where one can peruse the old newspapers and absorb history . If you are...More

Thank 365giannad
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Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

The library was closed so we only saw the outside but the front elevation is well worth a look. In front of the facade is a large statue of Quern Victoria which we were hold had been defaced by "activists", but is now happily completely...More

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Reviewed September 27, 2015

Very good architecture and period building if you appreciate this type of thing it is well worth seeing this and the various old buildings of heritage in Port Elizabeth. Unfortunately the Queen statue was being defaced which is sad since its also heritage. The library...More

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Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

We visited the outside of the library on 2.September 2015 and spoke with a woman working there, who informed us that due to a leaky roof & water infiltrating into the building from the hill on which the library is built, mold has taken hold....More

Thank hayden22
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Reviewed July 15, 2015

This library looks great on the outside and has every book you possibly need. What a joy for book lovers as well as architecture buffs.

Thank NKhan907
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Reviewed June 24, 2015

We did not go into the library but viewed it from outside and marvelled at the beautiful Victorian Gothic achitecture. Officially opened in 1902 it stands proudly in the Market (Vuyisile Mini) Square Unfortunately, the Sicilian Marble statue of Queen Victoria which was erected in...More

Thank Judelle D
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Reviewed March 15, 2015

This old Victorian building is unique in so many ways. The beautiful woodwork and wrought iron give the building a special appeal. Ask the librarians to show you the wood and leather friezes, the hidden lifts and the many other hidden stories. The façade was...More

Thank Robert L
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