The loss of the Jagger Reading Room: A sad day for UCT Libraries
Dear students and staff, due to the fire disaster, UCT Libraries will be closed until further notice. UCT Libraries Executive Director, Ujala Satgoor writes a message about the loss of our Jagger Reading Room.

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Our network of UCT Libraries across campuses and faculties reopens as self-study spaces from 8 March 2021. To enter the library, please produce your student card and the result of your UCT Daily Health Screening App. Strict access controls and protocols have been put into place for access to limited self-study spaces available in designated area.

You have virtual access to the Libraries resources via the Libraries website. Our request, scan and email services are also available. Learn more about our library services during Remote Learning.

Yes, request and collect books from our onsite or offsite collection points. You may also borrow eBooks. General borrowing rules will apply eg. some eTextbooks may only be borrowed for a day.

All library materials may be returned at the central drop-off point at CPS Burnage or book drop boxes located at all library sites. No borrowed material may be returned as an in-person transaction to the Libraries. Library material currently out on loan will be renewed until further notice.

All fines on overdue materials will be waived. However, if you wish to return your books, a central UCT Libraries book drop has been installed at CPS Burnage as well as book drop boxes located at all library sites.

UCT Libraries extensive online resources are available from our website. These resources include:

Contact us at or Ask a Librarian for assistance with access issues or to find a resource.

NB: you must be logged in with your UCT ID and password to access the many resources available to you.

As your information and learning partner, UCT Libraries is offering a Virtual Library Service which enables library staff to support you and your studies/research online.

It is important for you to explore the various guides that have been developed to simplify your online learning. UCT Libraries has a Student Orientation Guide for Remote Learning, which shows you how to search for, find, collect, analyse, interpret and evaluate information relevant to the subject you are studying, as well as becoming familiar with the key research elements and processes for ethical academic writing.


Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Devastation as historical UCT buildings gutted by runaway fire

Mop-up operations are under way at the University of Cape Town (UCT), after a large-scale wildfire destroyed several historical buildings on UCT’s upper campus on Sunday, 18 April.

Publication Date:
Tue, 20 Apr 2021 - 10:15
The loss of the Jagger Reading Room: A sad day for UCT Libraries

An unexpected natural disaster struck at the heart of UCT Libraries today and I write this message with a deep sense of sorrow and loss at the havoc and devastation it wrought upon the Reading Room of the Jagger Library.

Publication Date:
Sun, 18 Apr 2021 - 02:30
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Extended Library hours and air-conditioning upgrades

Dear students and staff, due to the fire disaster, our Libraries will be closed until further notice. UCT Libraries will no longer open on Monday 19 April.

Publication Date:
Fri, 16 Apr 2021 - 16:00
‘Proud moment’ as UCT launches first Sesotho open-access book

Dikeledi ha di wele fatshe (loosely translated as “Tears do not fall in vain”) has been published by UCT Libraries and is available on the open-access platform, which means it’s accessible to readers outside the campus community.

Publication Date:
Fri, 16 Apr 2021 - 14:45