UCT Libraries remains closed and continues as a comprehensive Virtual Library Service due to the continued lockdown status of UCT and completion of the 2020 academic year using remote teaching. With a few exceptions identified in support of the UCT Return to Research Plan, the physical reopening of UCT Libraries will now coincide on the academic calendar with the resumption of contact teaching and learning.
On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of what we now know as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa. Learn more
UCT Libraries Return to Research (RtR) Service will be informed by and built around the delivery of a service in support of the UCT Return to Research Plan. The service will take into consideration the adopted phased approach, research priorities and timelines of the UCT Return to Research Plan, as well as institutional lockdown regulations, staff health risk assessments, return to work and re-opening of buildings protocols. Learn more
Our Libraries are closed but we are open for Virtual Support
UCT Libraries closed its doors on Wednesday 18 March 2020 to restrict COVID-19 transmission through social distancing and limiting physical contact with materials. We are now open for virtual support for teaching and learning, and research.
Reference and information hotlines have been created and will be available from 08h30 - 17h00 Monday to Friday.
Please note Third party links are not zero-rate. If the zero-rated site has a link to another website unfortunately it won’t be zero-rated.
We need your Help
Collecting newspapers for Special Collections
UCT Libraries Special Collections want to keep their collections of print newspapers (local, national and community) as complete as possible during the COVID-19 lockdown. Our normal routes of acquisition are closed and uncertain whether publishers will be able to supply back copies.
Our appeal to the University community
Keep any print newspapers that have been delivered/purchased and donate them to Special Collections upon your return to campus.
The Cape Times, The Argus, The Weekend Argus, Mail & Guardian, The Voice, The Sun, Business Day, all the weekend papers and community newspapers.
Thanking you in advance
Principal Librarian: Published Collections
UCT Libraries: Special Collections email@example.com
You may borrow eBooks only during this time. General borrowing rules will apply eg. an eTextbook may only be borrowed for a day.
Library material currently out on loan will be renewed until further notice. However, if you wish to return your books, a central UCT Libraries book drop has been installed at Burnage, adjacent to Leo Marquard Hall. The dropbox is walking distance from the Jamie shuttle stop at Tugwell and Leo Marquard residence.
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 Burnage, adjacent to Leo Marquard Hall. The dropbox is walking distance from the Jamie shuttle stop at Tugwell and Leo Marquard residence.
UCT Libraries extensive online resources are available from our website. These resources include:
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.