Zimpapers Knowledge Centre


An integral component of the Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Ltd Group, the Zimpapers Knowledge Centre (formerly Editorial Library) is a content factory that holds the country’s largest newspaper archival material dating back to 1891 when the country’s first newspaper (Mashonaland Herald and Zambesian Times, now The Herald), was published. The collection also includes a large cache of photographs: black & white, and full colour.

The content that is housed at Herald House in Harare and the Chronicle House in Bulawayo, helps researchers carry out and promote development, productivity; writing of biographies and autobiographies, company histories; research on socio-economic, cultural and political trends.

The Knowledge Centre is open to researchers (for a fee), carrying out general and scholarly work in any field. If it was published in the newspaper, the Knowledge Centre will have the information, including accompanying photos.

The newspaper outputs are available in  different formats: bound volumes, paper cuttings and e-papers from 2014. The archival material are from the following newspaper titles:

  • The Herald – from 1891
  • The Manica Post – from 1893
  • Chronicle – from 1894
  • Sunday News – from 1930
  • The Sunday Mail – from 1935
  • Kwayedza – from the 1986
  • uMthunywa – from 2004
  • Southern Times – from 2004
  • H-Metro – from 2009
  • B-Metro – from 2010
  • Surbaban Avondale – from 2016
  • Surbaban Borrowdale – from 2016
  • Business Weekly – from 2017
  • ZimTravel Magazine – 2003
  • Bridal Magazine – 2011

Efforts are underway to convert the paper formats to electronic formats to ensure open access to the content from any part of the world.

The Knowledge Centre also continues to build its book and serial collections, to supplement the newspaper archives.

The Knowledge Centre’s future developments include:

  • digitising all content to ensure that the Centre provides electronic information services;
  • provide Internet facilities for all onsite users;
  • bibliographic searches for all enquiries, etc;
  • document delivery services;
  • mounting exhibitions on notable individuals, organisations and topics, etc;
  • Working on commissioned research by individuals & organisation; etc.

Archival material from the television and radio broadcasting services complement the main holdings at the Knowledge Centre.

Weekdays/Public holidays

09h00 – 16h30


09h00 – 12h00 (Saturday, Harare)

Tendai H. Manzvanzvike, Head

Herald House

Cnr G. Silundika Ave/S. Nujoma St

Harare, Zimbabwe

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +263 8677004323


Hilda Marijeni

Chronicle House

Silundika & 9th Avenue

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +263 (0292) 888871-9