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Meteorological and Transport Library

Address: Department of Transport, Private Bag X193, Pretoria, South Africa
Telephone: +27-12-741111

This library now houses the Weather Bureau's Antarctic Depository. This consists of a small library and archives for South African activities in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands.

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National Library of South Africa

Address: PO Box 397, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Telephone: +27-12-218931
Fax: +27-12-325-5984
Year of foundation: 1887

COLLECTIONS: Includes material relating to Antarctica, the Southern Ocean, the Prince Edward Islands and Gough Island.

Additional web address: INTERNET PUBLIC LIBRARY:

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Niven Library, FitzPatrick Institute

Contact name: Ms Susan Mvungi, Library Manager
Address: Niven Library, Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, Pvt Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (0)21 650-3305
Fax: +27 (0)21 650-3295
Open to the public? / Opening hours: No (open to staff and students, 08h45 - 16h00, Monday to Friday)
Year of foundation: 1959
Activities: The Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology (affectionately known as the Fitztitute) is located at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where it is housed within the Department of Biological Sciences. Situated at the tip of Africa, the Fitztitute is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the vast untapped biological resources of the continent. Members of the department are committed to developing a greater understanding of these, through the training of scientists and the pursuit of primary research, from evolutionary ecology to conservation biology. The Institute is also home to the Niven Library, which holds what is probably Africa's most comprehensive ornithology collection and reprints of the Institute's vast publication record. - See more at
Collections: The Niven Library's polar holdings consist of books, monographs, journals, newsletters, conference proceedings, postgraduate theses, maps and reprints dealing with Antarctica, sub-Antarctic islands and the Southern Ocean, especially south of Africa. Holdings are primarily scientific in nature but include some books of historical interest, going back to the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. Polar journal runs include Antarctic Science, British Antarctic Survey Bulletin, Polar Biology, Polar Record and the South African Journal of Antarctic Research.

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