About Us

Our Vision– to be a vigilant gateway for preserving the past serving the present and shaping the future.

Our Mission- to actively acquire, process, store and disseminate information and cultural heritage

Our Core Values- Transparency, integrity, Ubuntu/Hunhu, accountability, diversity and commitment.

Harare city library is a public library situated in Harare, corner Pennefather and rotten row. It was established in 1902 as Queen Victoria Memorial Library and later changed its name to Harare City Library.

The library is governed by the Harare City Library Act [Chapter 25:05], and the property and assets are vested in the Board of Trustees ‘in trust for the people of Zimbabwe’. The Board of Trustees comprises of the Mayor of the City of Harare and the Master of the High Court or their successor in office, permanent or acting.

Harare City Library is a public subscription library run by a trust. It caters for the residents of Harare as well as the nation of Zimbabwe at large. It covers all age groups and most subject areas. The library currently relies heavily on subscriptions and donor support for its day-to-day operational costs.

Over the years the library has evolved from a general lending and reference facility for students and researchers to becoming an all-encompassing resource center offering a number of activities including:  lending, reference, studies, research, children’s activities and exhibitions, artistic and cultural events.