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City of Johannesburg Libraries are proud to expand the Mobireadathon Reading Development program that was piloted in 2022 and presented at the Taiwan Reading festival.

More than 15 high schools from all regions and surrounding areas (including some private schools such as De LaSoul and Oprah Winfrey Academy, ) have joined this competition and campaign to engage learners in using Mobile Devices for reading.

This competition aimed at encouraging productive use of mobile devices to find educational digital content will run from February 10th, when learners from all grades can register and participate until April 25th. On April 28th, 10  finalists from Grade 8s of each school,  will be selected, based on the highest pass marks and time of submission. They will read selected stories online, in preparation for the finals event to be held in June 2023 at a central venue. Winning teams will receive prizes for their school and individually.

Learners can start registering from the 10th of February.

Our librarians have approached several schools and through word of mouth, there has been an increase in the number of schools that would like to participate. To be fair to all schools, the quiz questions will only be available from the 17th   so that more learners can register.


This program combines both digital literacy and reading development objectives. Learners will gain skills in navigating mobile devices for more than using social media and games, but for their education.


For enquiries, you can contact us at

#Digital Literacy in Libraries


Library And Information Services
22 Solomon Street, Vrededorp

89 Libraries

Contact numbers listed  under Libraries  on menu 

About Us

Learn Online, Learn Electronically, Learn New Skills, Improve Your Knowledge, Learn At Your Own Pace.

What We do!

  • Collection development and management of collections suitable for the needs of Johannesburg communities
  • Provision of safe and free library facilities for reading, learning. and personal development
  • Provision of free and guided access to  information, including carefully selected digital content.
  • Development, promotion and maintainence of a reading culture through the delivery of programs.
  • We support Early Childhood Development through collaborations with ECD centers, NGO’s and communities. We provide educational support services, such as science and technology awareness projects and campaigns in order to empower the youth.
  • City of Johannebsurg Library services are open to all members of the Johannesburg community, including those from disadvantaged areas, who wish to improve their lives, learn new skills and empower themselves, so they can also participate in the digital economy. Learn more


Become a Member!

Residents of all ages are welcome to join their local library. You can just click on the joining link below and fill in the online form to become a  member. Upon being accepted, the library will issue the user with a membership number. The general waiting period for a member to be processed is five working days. If you wish to take more than five books at a time a membership fee of R30 will apply. Find out more by contacting  your local library.

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Conditions of use

The registered member is responsible for all the library material  issued on membership number. Membership expires after 3 years. You can renew your membership for free.  You will be held liable for any lost books and you will be charged the full price of the said book. You are liable for the upkeep of books that you have borrowed and the return of these books on time.. Treat the library building,  collections as well as other library users with the utmost respect. Librarians are available to help you find information in books and other sources, or using free wifi to access digital content.  Learn more »

Our work

Free Digital Content

City of Johannesburg is in collaboration with Microsoft and Harambee through a project called ThintiMillion aimed at providing Digital Skills to the youth in order to increase their chances of finding employment.

IBM, in collaboration with City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services, offers a wide range of free online courses designed to provide digital skills development and empower the youth. 

Google (SA), In collaboration with City of Johannesburg Library and Information Services, offers free online courses to equip South Africans with digital skills to develop and empower the youth.

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