Cape Town’s mobile library service ends


City’s mobile library service has come to an end. The service, with a membership of 3000, will be phased out in the next few months.

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien said, “The mobile service has been plagued with maintenance issues, and in the past financial year there were reduced or no services on 113 days due to the buses being serviced or having to be repaired.”

The service operated from a depot in Ndabeni. It has a limited geographical range and was only able to provide basic access to some library materials and photocopy services with very minimal programmes such as storytelling and life orientation.

“The current fleet of three buses provided a service to 28 stops, mostly situated in the Southern Suburbs and City central. Of the fleet of three, two of the buses have more than 30 years of service with the third one being relatively new and in-service since 2014.

It is very unfortunate that we cannot continue the service due to factors such as the ageing fleet,” said Councillor Badroodien.

The City have asked patrons to use the libraries in their vicinity.

According to the City there are currently 6 108 items still out on loan in the communities that the buses services.

The buses have been unable to service the communities since the lockdown in March 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic which is the reason behind the high number of items out on loan.

The buses are still unable to go out and cannot collect the outstanding items. Patrons are encouraged to return their items to their nearest libraries.


  1. “The City have asked patrons to use the libraries in their vicinity”

    I almost wanted to shout a 1000 expletives en ‘n duisend meer vloekwoorde!🕵️🙄 So utterly mad I am as an ex teacher to read this! Another slap in the faces of all of us who grew up during Apartheid, our parents their parents and all the way back to our Khoi forefathers& mothers!

    This is absolutely gut-wrenchingly disturbing, awful, irresponsible and immoral! Adding to more illiteracy in coloured and black township communities!

    The WC govt should be ashamed as also the ANC government for FAILING our communities yet again after more than 2 decades of ‘so-called democracy’! In affluent white communities as from the beginning, they are always near a well stocked library, access to technology and has never ever experienced lack of access to ANY resources!!🕵️

    This is not right! #moeniemybefokmakie

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