We were at the Johannesburg City Library, which is somewhere I have been meaning to check out for a full two years already - ever since I heard about its relaunch following a three-year, R68-million refurb. I haven't belonged to a library since we moved up to Joburg almost 12 years ago, so while we were there I applied for (free) membership - for both Goran and myself - which entitles us to borrow books from any of the city's libraries. I have to go back on Monday to collect our cards.
You are not allowed to take photos inside this beautiful old Italianate building (first opened in 1935), but below are some pictures I managed to snap on my iPhone. I also included my own set of directions on exactly how to get into and out of the underground parking garage beneath Beyers Naude Square (ex-Library Gardens). Even though it is not open to the general public, you'll be amazed at how far the flash of a friendly smile and a crisp R20 note can get you with the security guys. Unless, of course, you fancy trying to find parking on the street. Yeah. Didn't think so.
- The ENTRANCE to the underground parking is on Albertina Sisulu (ex-Market), just off the corner of Simmonds
- The EXIT is on President, just off the corner of Simmonds
- The green line shows the best route into town from the north
- The red line shows the best route back out
- The broken blue line shows the short distance you have to walk across the square, from the stairwell of the underground parking to the library steps
Please note you will not find this detailed, up-to-date parking info anywhere else online.
You can thank me later.