UCT Libraries are a world-class repository of knowledge and innovative research. UCT’s main library, the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library, and its seven branch libraries offer a diverse array of study and research materials, as well as professional and expert assistance in finding information and carrying out research.
UCT Libraries Special Collections consist of printed and audio-visual materials on a wide array of specialised subjects, including:
The Rare Books and Antiquarian Collection, which consists of rare and specialised material, including African children’s literature and a fore-edge painting collection. A rich collection of manuscripts and archives, which offers primary research material relating to the political, social, cultural and economic history of South Africa, with a focus on the Western Cape. The African Studies Collection of published material, which provides research and reference resources on Africa, with a strong southern African focus. Government Publications, which includes historical and current publications for Southern African countries and current publications of most African countries, including French- and Portuguese-speaking countries. UCT Libraries Digital Collections represent a selection of material available through UCT’s archival holdings, primarily held in UCT Libraries Special Collections, but also gathered through academic field recordings, primary data collation and UCT departmental collections.