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This guide provide information on Special Collections, consisting of Africana, Rare Books and Manuscripts and DOMUS, including usage and policies

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Welcome to Special Collections

​The Library and Information Service acquired a substantial collection of rare and valuable books, documents, manuscripts and other material over many years by way of bequests, donations and purchases. Special Collections is located on the upper level of the Stellenbosch University Library, the central library of the Library and Information Service.

This division of the library has as its primary mission the acquisition and preservation of rare materials, making it accessible to clients as well as preserving it for posterity. The division consists of three sections in the main library namely Manuscripts, Africana and Rare Books and DOMUS in the Music Library.  Each of these sections provides a specialised service and concentrates on specific areas of interest.


Opening hours

Hours Open for Clients

​Monday - Friday: 09:00-16:15
​​​​​​Saturday: Closed
​Special Collections is closed on all public holidays and between Christmas and New Year.


  • Special Collections  is accessible to students and staff of Stellenbosch University
  • Researchers allowed by appointment only.
  • Email us at with your request or to book a visit


Marieta Buys

Head: Special Collections


Telephone: 021 808 4930

Patricia Khati

Librarian: Manuscripts


Telephone: 021 808 4012

Busiswa Mofu

Librarian: Manuscripts


Telephone: 021 808 4881

 Pakama Ncume

Librarian: Africana


Telephone: 021 808 4885