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Tel: 021 530 7160

Fax: 021 532 3909




Pinelands Library
Howard Centre, Howard Drive
Pinelands, 7405

Mon 09:30 - 19:00
Tue 09:30 - 17:00
Wed 09:30 - 19:00

09:30 - 17:00

Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat09:00 - 12:00

Closed Sundays
& Public Holidays

from 18 June 2018

The annual Reading Programme for 7 to 12 year olds aims at developing a love for books and reading. This year the slogan is “Reading is magical @ Pinelands Library”. Sign up as soon as possible from Monday, 18 June, and over a 5-week period discover that magic!

For more information, please visit the Library or phone
021 530 7160

Regular Children's

Children’s storytime

(Children aged 3-8 years)
Every Friday afternoon from 14:30 to 15:15. Please gather in the Children's Library. Parents, grandparents and childminders welcome.

Friends of
Pinelands Library

Your library needs you!
your advice, help and bright ideas.

The Friends of Pinelands Library is a group of booklovers, readers and library users that share and support the aims of Pinelands library. They make a contribution to the community and supplement the service offered by the library.

Our Friends assist us with

  • bookbinding & repairs
  • shelving
  • book, magazine & audiovisual sales
  • book purchases.

Contact us to find out how you can become involved.

Read all the books by
your favourite author?
What now?

Try some of these links to lists suggesting authors similar to other well known writers.

Pinelands Library Festive Season Hours

15 Dec 2017: Closes at 13:00
22 Dec 2017: Closes at 13:00
23 Dec 2017: Closed
25-26 Dec 2017: Closed
27-28 Dec 2017: Closes at 17:00
29 Dec 2017: Closes at 13:00
30 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018: Closed

Pinelands Library 2017 Reading Programme Prizegiving

The Children's Department runs the annual Reading Programme over the long winter holiday to encourage a love for books and reading. The prize-giving event for the 2017 Reading Programme took place in the Library Hall on Saturday, 12 August. Certificates and medals were awarded to the 23 successful participants who together read a record total of 923 books during the 5 week period. Siblings Ryan and Anna Gibbon were the winners in the 7 - 9 and 10 - 12 years age groups respectively. Special Guest, Mrs Jennifer Ferguson, delivered an inspiring address and presented the awards. The entire event, including refreshments, was sponsored by the Friends of Pinelands Library. The 2018 Reading Programme is already being eagerly anticipated!

 New Books

Please visit us at the library to book some of these fascinating reads. New books can be reserved for R7 each. Titles change every 2 weeks. Look for the "New Books" stand to see the latest selected titles.

A Library Card

Your Key to
Library Services

Library cards must be used to check out library material and register on the Smart Cape System.

All Cape Town residents are welcome to join the library

They need to present an Identity Document, Passport, or Driver’s Licence and Proof of Residence (recent account) not older than three months

Visitors can also join

They need to supply a current holiday address.

For Children's Library Cards

Parents need to present birth certificates and sign for the cards.

How to apply

  1. Get a Library Card Application Form from the library issuing desk
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Hand deliver the form to the librarian at the library issuing desk.

Membership Types

City of Cape Town residents and their children

  • There is no charge for the first library card
  • Replacement card costs R20.00
  • Reservation cards cost R7.00


This membership is for local schools/day care centres, crèches, aftercares and old age homes.

  • A maximum of 10 items can be issued on this card.
  • The card can only be used at Pinelands Library.


  • Expiry date: Usually not longer than 3 months
  • R60 per book (maximum of 3 books)
  • Waiting period for your brand new card is about 3 working days
  • Waiting period for a replacement card is about 5 minutes

Halls & Meeting Rooms For Hire

Intended Purpose

The library halls & activity rooms are not intended for social gatherings like birthday parties, political meetings or religious services. Their primary purpose is to provide a venue for cultural or community events. Availability of the venues is subject to the opening hours of the library. Sessions are divided into morning, afternoon and evening.

Venue Details

Library Hall • R150 per session Capacity: 120
Committee Room • R90 per session Capacity: 25
Kitchen • R80 per session

Library Hall

Committee Room

Services at the Library


A good selection of leisure and reference books.


A selection of current newspapers and magazines are available for reading in the library. Back issues of magazines can be borrowed.

Audiovisual Materials

A selection of music CD’s, Videos and DVD’s, Audiobooks & Language Courses.

Reference Services

Pamphlet Collections, Study Collections & Community Information

Children’s Services

Books for recreation and study, story hours and holiday programs

Computers & Internet Access

Free use of computers and Internet access for library users through SmartCape.


Want to know if a specific book is available in your library, or which library has it?

You can use OPAC

(the Online Public Access Catalogue) of the Library Information Service of the City of Cape Town to find out.


Note that you can only access OPAC for 10 minute sessions at a time.

Book Reviews

Read a Good Book Lately?

Why not write a short book review
for other readers.

Send us your review
and we'll post it here.


by Anita Shreve

Fans of Anita Shreve probably need no introduction to her latest novel ‘Rescue’. If you have not read Shreve (remember the film The Pilot’s Wife based on her book of the same name?) ‘Rescue’ will surely tempt you to read more of her work. Backed by Shreve’s usual thorough research ‘Rescue’, as an accompaniment to the story line, takes the reader into the world of the paramedic, the training involved and the stresses experienced by those undertaking this essential task. Whilst still a probationer with the Hartstone Rescue Team in Vermont Peter Webster is called to help in the rescue of a motor accident victim Sheila Arsenault, the result of her driving under the influence. He is strongly drawn to this woman who has a self- inflicted dangerous past and they embark on an affair leading to marriage and a daughter Rowan. Sheila’s drinking escalates and they split up leaving Webster to bring up his daughter, then age nine, single handed. Rowan proves to be a difficult teenager, slacking with her studies and easily falling prey to heavy teen party drinking when she got the chance. Webster reaches out to Sheila to help him with Rowan, a huge step for him and Rowan as Sheila had been out of contact with her daughter for about 8 years.
Reviewed by Cynthia Lake