We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Main Public Library

37 Newton Street, Port Elizabeth 6045, South Africa
+27 41 585 8133
Review Highlights
Magnificent old building

A pity the library is currently closed for renovation, but the exterior still has numerous... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Pretoria, South Africa

I wanted to do some research thinking that the library is still operating only to find big locks on... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Read all 25 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good48%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“marvel” (2 reviews)
“statue” (2 reviews)
“reopened” (2 reviews)
37 Newton Street, Port Elizabeth 6045, South Africa
+27 41 585 8133
Write a ReviewReviews (25)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 18 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

A pity the library is currently closed for renovation, but the exterior still has numerous intricate artworks and plaques.

Thank kdgarlipp
Reviewed 19 October 2016

I wanted to do some research thinking that the library is still operating only to find big locks on the doors

Thank miznkontsa
Reviewed 10 June 2016

This imposing building, situated in Market Square and designed in the Victorian Gothic style, has been closed for some time, in order that vital maintenance work be done. Therefore it is not at all possible to gain entry into the building, either as a tourist...More

3  Thank Jilldutoit
Reviewed 8 June 2016

Step back in time and marvel at a hidden gem in PE . A wonderful old building gracing the Main Street in town . There is a really lovely reference section where one can peruse the old newspapers and absorb history . If you are...More

Thank 365giannad
Reviewed 4 February 2016 via mobile

The library was closed so we only saw the outside but the front elevation is well worth a look. In front of the facade is a large statue of Quern Victoria which we were hold had been defaced by "activists", but is now happily completely...More

Thank Rvwr2012
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Very good architecture and period building if you appreciate this type of thing it is well worth seeing this and the various old buildings of heritage in Port Elizabeth. Unfortunately the Queen statue was being defaced which is sad since its also heritage. The library...More

1  Thank Shube1
Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

We visited the outside of the library on 2.September 2015 and spoke with a woman working there, who informed us that due to a leaky roof & water infiltrating into the building from the hill on which the library is built, mold has taken hold....More

Thank hayden22
Reviewed 15 July 2015

This library looks great on the outside and has every book you possibly need. What a joy for book lovers as well as architecture buffs.

Thank NKhan907
Reviewed 24 June 2015

We did not go into the library but viewed it from outside and marvelled at the beautiful Victorian Gothic achitecture. Officially opened in 1902 it stands proudly in the Market (Vuyisile Mini) Square Unfortunately, the Sicilian Marble statue of Queen Victoria which was erected in...More

Thank kaapie62
Reviewed 15 March 2015

This old Victorian building is unique in so many ways. The beautiful woodwork and wrought iron give the building a special appeal. Ask the librarians to show you the wood and leather friezes, the hidden lifts and the many other hidden stories. The façade was...More

Thank Robert L
Nearby Restaurants
26 reviews
.23 km away
Mojo Cafe
8 reviews
1.18 km away
Grillers America Diner
27 reviews
.54 km away
Silver Cloud Spur Steak Ranch
13 reviews
.76 km away
Nearby Attractions
Shamwari Game Reserve
363 reviews
3.52 km away
St Francis Links
62 reviews
4.23 km away
Storms River Bridge (Paul Sauer Bridge)
94 reviews
2.65 km away
St George's Park
67 reviews
4.40 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Main Public Library staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines