The Society of Malawi Library, Blantyre

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Head to The Society of Malawi Library, a treasure trove of books related to history, culture, and science. The library is free to use and staffed by volunteers. However, for a small fee you can become a member, providing funds that help the library greatly. Open between 9 am and 12 pm, the library serves as the perfect place for research, reading, and contemplation. Contact the library before your visit and ask to join one of the many educational events that take place throughout the year. Plan your visit to The Society of Malawi Library and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Blantyre road trip planning site.
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  • We visited the Mangers House Manadala in Blantyre again having been here 9 years ago. The wonderful place has continued to remain spectacular. The house is a monument to the early European traders...  more »
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  • The Society was established in 1946 (then known as the The Nyasaland Society). It is one of the oldest such Societies remaining in the Southern Africa. The library is located on the second floor of the Mandala House. The entrance is through the La Caverna Art Gallery on some excellently maintained but steep wooden stairs. Walking inside you will be transposed in time, to when this building (the oldest such brick building in Blantyre) was used by the African Lakes Corporation. The board room and the reference library room offer beautiful environment for reading, thinking and writing. The reference library has about 3000 books; electronic photographic archive has about 10,000 historic images. It is a place worth visiting.

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