According to web info:
Volunteer Drill HallThe original function of this hall was to accommodate the volunteer forces of the Western Division as its headquarters and instruction venue, including drilling when the weather was not good. In 1954 the building was transformed to accommodate the Central Library Cape Town.
- 1884 – Foundation of the Drill Hall laid by Thomas Uppington, the Prime Minister of the Cape Colony
- 1885 – Building inaugurated
- 1889 – Building extended by architect Anthony de Witt
- 1987 - Declared a National monument and a Provincial Heritage Site
Initial funding for the upgrade of the new library came from the Carnegie Corporation, when they awarded a $2 million grant to the City of Cape Town in 2004.
I love this quote from a senior librarian there: "We are not the quietest library. You should be here on a Saturday, this place is buzzing." That is exactly what a library should be! The days of uptight libraries loudly shushing patrons is o-v-e-r. Today's libraries have rooms for quiet study and reading. The rest of the library should be respectful of others, of course, but not completely silent.
Well done, Cape Town!