The Federation’s library and the Bennie Illman philatelic library are housed in the philatelic centre of the Sandton Public Library, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. Access is during library hours. Certain valuable items are separately and securely held and only available from the librarian on request.
All the Federation and Illman items are in the reference section, so no items are available on loan.
The Royal Philatelic Society of Cape Town has an extensive library and many clubs have their own smaller libraries.
Public libraries are useful sources for stamp information. Many, even in smaller towns, have philatelic reference works, popular stamp books and, importantly, catalogues of fairly recent date.