About Mary Gunn Library

Mary Gunn was a clerk in the Department of Agriculture’s Botany Division in 1916. She was assigned the mammoth job of establishing a botanical library in Pretoria. Today, her efforts reflect in this library’s being the most comprehensive botanical library on the continent.

Situated in the National Herbarium at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, Ms Gunn’s library was populated by her acquiring gifts, as well as purchasing and exchanging books until she had enough of a variety for the public. To this day, the exchange programme remains one of the chief ways in which Mary Gunn Library gets new books.

The Africana and Rare Antiquarian Book Collection is one of the boasts of this library. Mary Gunn has more than 11 700 books and 1 000 journal titles. These cover botany, global warming, biodiversity, ecology, palaeobotany, and much more.

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WhereNational Herbarium, Pretoria National Botanical Garden, Brummeria, Pretoria, Gauteng.

WhenPlease make an appointment if you wish to visit the library.
Library hours Mondays to Fridays from 08h30 to 13h00 and 13h45 to 16h30.

How muchFree

Telephone+27 (0)12 843-5040 or +27 (0)12 843-5042

OvernightStay nearby in Brummeria, in Gauteng


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