Tlhabane Public Library
25°38'47.57" S 27°12'48.13" E
The Tlhabane Public Library building was completed during the late 1980's as part of the Tlhabane Town Centre development, and was sited on the northeast side of the Town Hall.
A reasonably large scaled building with two colonnaded and parapetted façades, the Library formed the north-east side of the Tlhabane public square. The Library's northwest façade flanked an axial route from the public square to the Tlhabane Magistrate's Court on the north east side of the site.
The entrance into the Library building was on the salient corner of the two colonnades – on the diagonal between the two colonnaded facades. The entrance was marked by a large rectangular portico supported on two pairs of substantial brick columns. The glazed aluminium entrance doors were flanked by sidelights and a substantial fanlight.
Internally the library space was a single large volume under a double pitched roof with a trabeated support for the roof structure. Triangulated laminated timber trusses were exposed within the Library roof space and were supported on a set of large laminated timber beams which in turn spanned between a regular grid of substantial circular concrete columns. The ceiling was formed by the exposed white face of the insulation material below the roof sheeting.
Daylight within the building was provided around the perimeter with high level clearstorey windows. Fluorescent light fittings were suspended below the trusses at tie beam level.
The building was constructed in stretcher bond brickwork with a textured grey pre-cast concrete brick. The upper portions of the external parapet walls were provided with a broad band of reddish bricks and were capped with a corbelled course forming a shadow line. Internally a low dado of a pink pre-cast concrete brick was used to enliven the internal wall surface.
The large over-scaled internal space was presumably not ideally suited for modern library usage and the building also has minimal architectural significance. The library building has been vacant since the facility moved to new premises in Monareng Street, Tlhabane.
(Submitted by William MARTINSON)