The African Studies Collection holds published collections of books, films, maps, and posters and provides research and reference resources on Africa, with a strong southern African focus.
Government Publications include historical and current publications for Southern African countries and current publications of most African countries, including French- and Portuguese-speaking countries.
The Rare Books and Antiquarian Collection consists of rare and specialised material, including African children’s literature and a fore-edge painting collection.
A rich collection of manuscripts and archives offer primary research material relating to the political, social, cultural and economic history of South Africa, with a focus on the Western Cape. These include personal and professional archival collections in a range of formats.
Audio Visual Archives hold documentary footage from a range of 20th century organisations and filmmakers.
Modern Photographic Archives hold prints and negatives of influential South African photographers.