In line with UCT’s approach to the completion of the 2020 academic year using remote teaching, along with the phased return to campus of some students and staff members by invitation, UCT Libraries will continue to offer a comprehensive virtual service. In addition, the network of libraries across campuses and faculties reopened for limited services during restricted hours.
Request & Collect Books: Offsite book collection at Burnage House
Offsite book collection is a new library service that aims at reaching out to both UCT students and staff by making library resources available to patrons who are not eligible to access the university due to lockdown restrictions.
Request a book via Primo and pick up at Burnage House at a scheduled date and time.
The Libraries Return to Work Plan has been revised to accommodate the limited reopening of UCT Libraries on Monday, 12 October 2020. This limited service takes into consideration UCT’s phased approach to the return to campus, institutional lockdown regulations, staff health risk assessments, and protocols for the return to work and reopening of buildings.
To enter the library, staff and students will need to show their letter of authority signed by the Faculty Dean.
UCT Libraries Return to Research (RtR) Service is 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.
UCT Libraries reopens from Monday 12 October 2020 with limited access according to Library COVID-19 rules. Only students and staff who have returned to campus by invitation and have a Letter of Authority signed by the Faculty Dean may enter the library. Our comprehensive Virtual Library Service continues.
You may borrow eBooks only during this time. General borrowing rules will apply eg. an eTextbook may only be borrowed for a day. A managed loans system via a request-and-collect/pickup-and-go method is available for students and staff who have returned to campus by invitation and have a Letter of Authority signed by the Faculty Dean - Library COVID-19 rules apply
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.
What is COVID-19?
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.