Bulawayo City Council

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General Information

This information applies to all Council libraries.


The Council libraries are open to all bona fide residents of the relevant high density suburbs subject to the following conditions:

Reading Materials

Children's Books

These are kept in the Children's libraries and are intended for the 6-12 years group. Picture and story books with simple text are offered to the very young and more advanced ones to the older ones.

Adult Books

These are grouped into the following sections:

African Literature

This is one area in which efforts are made to build up good collection. At present libraries stock books written in Ndebele, Shona and Zulu.


Copies are available for reading in the reading room, but cannot be taken away.

HIV/AIDS Information Corner

This is a special collection of accurate and up to date HIV/AIDS material for the benefit of communities served.

How to Borrow Books

A registered member may choose any book from the lending sections. Two books may be borrowed for two weeks. Books must be taken to the library counter to be stamped with a date of return. The books should be returned on or before this date; if required again the loan may be renewed, provided the books are not in demand by other members. Overdue notices are sent to readers who keep the books after the expiry date.

Book Processing

All books for libraries are processed at Mzilikazi Memorial Library then distributed to branch libraries. Libraries keep stock cards which correspond with the central catalogue at Mzilikazi Library.

How to Find Books

Fiction books are arranged alphabetically according to authors' surnames. Non-fiction books are arranged numerically according to class numbers indicated on book spines. Ask the librarian for assistance.


  • Call Centre Contacts:
  • (09) 71290 - All Networks
  • callcentre@citybyo.co.zw
  • Fire and Ambulance:
  • 993, 994 , (09) 71717
  • 08080081 - Econ toll free