COVID-19 Library Update The due date of library material due back from 13 March - 29 April 2020 has been extended.



Libraries & Hours

Our physical libraries are closed.

Virtual Library Hours

Monday to Friday | 08h30 - 17h00

UCT Libraries is providing a virtual library service for teaching & learning, and research.

Chancellor Oppenheimer Library

+27 21 650 3703
+27 21 650 3704
+27 21 650 3118
+27 21 650 3134

Health Sciences: +27 21 406 6138

Special Collections: +27 21 650 4089

Ask a Librarian

Main and other Branch Libraries

Health Sciences Library

Music Library

Get more in-depth support from our list of libraries and subject areas.

Subject Support

Our Principal Librarians will make themselves available to support online teaching.

Teaching Support

Course and assignment support guides will provide supplementary multi-media resources to compulsory and recommended reading lists, as well as writing, referencing and research tips for assignments.

Digital Library Services is committed to providing continued support for the full suite of research data services online.

Research Data Support

Special Collections will continue to offer virtual support to researchers, students and staff, whether they are members of the UCT community or not.

Monday to Friday 8:30 - 17:00


Library Services during COVID-19

We closed our libraries on 18 March 2020 to restrict COVID-19 transmission through social distancing and limiting physical contact with materials. UCT Libraries is now open for virtual support for teaching and learning, and research. Learn more Visit our COVID-19 LibGuide

New Arrivals


Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Free access to resources in response to COVID-19

In response to the disruption caused by COVID-19, many publishers have given us temporary access to their resources. Links to these resources are active in Primo, and access is also available on the Databases A-Z list on the website.

Publication Date:
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 - 12:00
COVID-19 and how to manage your mental health

As a result of the global outbreak of COVID-19, many are struggling to adjust to what will be our “new normal” for the foreseeable future: social distancing (or social solidarity), self-isolation, quarantine and, following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent address, a 21-day nationwide lockdown.

Publication Date:
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 - 14:30