Welcome to Cory Library

Although Cory Library is maintained by Rhodes University primarily for its faculty and students, it is also open to visiting researchers, staff and students from other universities, as well as the general public. Contact us by telephone or e-mail.

Please send all email inquiries to Cory Library Reading Room staff: email here

Please note that Rhodes University research requests are prioritised ahead of other queries.


Access to Cory Library

Cory Library's research materials are open free of charge to:

  • Staff and Students of Rhodes University
  • Staff of Albany Museum and the National English Literary Museum
  • Friends of Cory Library (Annual Subscription - R150.00)

All other users must be in possession of a reader's ticket. Researchers who visit Cory Library must buy a reader's ticket of R30.00 per day. Reader's tickets for pensioners and Rhodes University alumni will be R10.00 per day.

The Cory Library is at Rhodes University, Makhanda, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Since the initial deposit of Sir George Cory's collections, there has been a particular focus on the history of the Eastern Cape, and on Grahamstown itself. There is a strong collection of material on Lesotho, and substantial holdings on the wider history of Southern Africa.

The Library's archival holdings include Xhosa history, mission and church history, as well as education, mining, commercial and agricultural history.

Collections include:

  • manuscripts and other documents
  • Cape and other Government publications
  • books, both rare and modern
  • periodicals and newspapers
  • maps
  • pictorial materials
  • microforms
  • video and audio recordings
  • digital records.

The manuscript and archival collections include:

  • personal documents such as diaries, autobiographies, family histories and farmers' diaries
  • institutional collections of churches, local political and non-governmental organisations, business and professional bodies, service clubs and education institutions.

Publications and manuscripts and related archival materials in Cory Library may be protected by the Copyright Act (1978) and its amendments and/or by the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Act (2013). If and where applicable, the onus is on the researcher or user to obtain the right (a license) to use materials found in or through Cory Library.

Last Modified: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:16:28 SAST